NaNoWriMo Calendar – Organise and Conquer!


For those of you who haven’t heard, November is novel writing month and the goal is to write a novel, in this case a total of 50 000 words, in 30 days.

This is as crazy as it sounds. You have to write about 1 667 words a day, if you plan to write every day of the month. It is a big commitment, but it is also a great exercise in discipline. The competition grows bigger every year with more and more writers entering. You can read our planning advice here.

The support on the NaNoWriMo website is amazing. You can join forums and meet other writers in your area, but as with all things online the chances of getting sucked into the void where you end up watching hours of the International Ice Fishing Championships is always a risk.

I have to unplug my Wi-Fi when I do these things. So I have made a calendar that you can download and print to help keep you on track.

Click here: NaNoWriMo 2016 Calendar

Other writers understand what you are going through, because well, they are going through it too. But I would caution you against following anybody’s advice verbatim. They don’t know your story. They don’t know what you want to do. That is of course also a benefit. Listen to their advice, take it into consideration, but follow your heart.

As I said in the previous posts, planning will help you reach your goal. The focus is more on quantity than on quality, but with a little bit of preparation there is no reason why you can’t have both. Next week, I’ll share some brainstorming tools to help you when the words get stuck.

Good luck and keep writing.

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 by Mia Botha

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  1. ana ruiz

    What a commitment! I’m there .
    I think.

    Ana Ruiz.
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    > El 13/10/2015, a las 10:04 a.m., Posthaven Posts escribió:

  2. Bev

    An amazing calendar – but was unable to download. Is there a link? Thanks

  3. linda chandler

    thank you very much

  4. ana ruiz

    My writing happens to be in Spanish.

    Ana Ruiz.
    Enviado desde mi iPhone

    > El 13/10/2015, a las 7:12 p.m., Posthaven Comments escribió:

  5. Writers Write

    Bev, right click on the image and choose to save it or print it.

  6. Linda

    Thank you! This is awesome 😀

  7. Sandra Alexander

    Thanks a lot, Mia! Last year I failed miserably with NaNoWriMo; we’ll see what happens this time, but this will prove motivating. 🙂

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