November is almost here and for a lot of the writing community that means it’s time for National Novel Writing Month. Since I’ve been trying to focus on revisions and actually finishing a novel, I told myself I wasn’t going to do it this year unless an exciting story that I couldn’t refuse fell in my lap. Well, the universe threw me a story idea and I’ve already come up with my characters, my setting and a story beat outline, so I guess I’m doing NaNoWriMo 2019. I’ll be working on another thriller, yet again inspired by real events.
The Planner Pages
I started the Planner Experiment at the beginning of this year to create the daily planner that will inspire writers to write, submit and get published. For me, this experiment has been about getting to know all the opportunities available to get my stories out into the world. After ten months of designing and making changes, the planner is really coming together and I think the pages I created for November can be of use for NaNo writers as well as people submitting short fiction.
The month-long daily planner includes:
- A page for your weekly goals and an action plan
- Daily writing prompts
- Daily image prompts
- An hourly plan for finding every minute of writing time
- A literary journal of the day – many literary journals accept stand-alone novel excerpts. You can start a list of journals to look at when your novel is done.
Success with NaNoWriMo is all about finding time and staying inspired. The Writer’s Daily Planner isn’t just a calendar; it can help you with every aspect of daily time management and is full of original writing prompts in case you get stuck.
You can use it to:
- create checklists for daily writing goals
- keep track of your word count
- remind yourself to do some journaling
- keep track of your best story ideas for later
- make sure to read each day
- plan healthy, easy meals
- make sure you exercise
- evaluate what’s working and what isn’t
- and more
So without further ado . . . Here it is!
I designed these pages in open office, a free use word processor, so everyone can use them for free. They are designed to be printed as a booklet, or typed in using open office, so you can manipulate the file to fit your personal needs.
All I ask is that you Follow Experience Writing (this site) and either let me know what you think in the comments, or send your thoughts and ideas about the planner to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much and enjoy.
Have a great NaNoWriMo! Let your story into the world.