Do you want to finally write a novel? Do you need resources and community support to finally make progress? Do you want to finally win NaNoWriMo this November?
Then, you’re in the right spot, my friend.
Welcome to the
Write Your Novel Workshop
I’m sharing my best resources, tips, and inspiration to help you succeed in planning, preparing, and writing your novel this fall. This workshop is a masterclass in helping you plan to write with Preptober and get the writing done for NaNoWriMo in November. It’s time to write your novel!
tHIS workshop includes:
Instructional lessons on how to plan your novel
Worksheets to help you commit to telling this particular novel, create compelling characters, outline your story, and prep your life for an intense writing marathon
Deadlines that get you prepped in time for NaNoWriMo
Community discussion, support, and prep in our Real+Good Writer Facebook Group
An inside look into my own novel writing process
How to Join:
Month 1: Preptober
A portmanteau of prepare and October, Preptober helps you plan to write your novel for NaNoWriMo in November. In the month before you begin writing, you prepare so the writing is easier during your marathon in November.
During Preptober, you plot out your novel’s arc, craft compelling characters, research what you need, commit to your story, discover inspiration, plan how to manage your marathon with the rest of your life, and create a story bible. All of these things are super helpful steps to ensure a successful writing month, a fully-formed story, and a (mostly) sane writer.
Each week for Preptober we have a different focus for our novel writing prep. We will come up with a story idea that will sustain a novel-length work and your sanity, craft compelling characters with character-driven plot arcs that accurately represent reality and evoke empathy from your readers, structure your story by creating a working outline that allows detail to get writing as well as flexibility for things to change, and prepare the rest of your life so you can have a happy and productive writing month.
The Real+Good Writer’s Plan Your Novel Workbook
A Guided workbook to prep + plan your novel
If you want to keep up with all the lessons with detailed explanations and guided worksheets, get your copy of The Real+Good Writer’s Plan Your Novel Workbook! This is a 147-page workbook that takes you through step-by-step how I commit to my novel idea, craft character-driven plots, create an outline that provides structure and flexibility, and prepare for a major writing marathon. This workbook contains all the checklists, worksheets, and inspiration you need to plan your novel during Preptober.
Chapter 1: Define Intentions
The Mind Maps
The Novel Facts
The Defining Intentions
Chapter 2: Craft Compelling Characters
The Character Sketches
The Character Core
The Character Details
The Plot Embryo
The Goal Resolution Analysis
The Character Arc
Exploring Plot and Conflict
The Character Interview
Chapter 3: Structure Scenes
The List and Label Plots
The Plot Braid
The Story Shape
The Revised Synopsis
Chapter 4: Prep Your Life
The Prep Checklist
The Blank Calendar
The Writing Session Productivity Trackers
You can download this workbook with a pay-what-you-can pricing system. Purchase starts at $12; the recommended price is $25.
Week 1: Define Intentions (and Find Story Idea)
Suggested deadline: October 10
How to choose an idea that will sustain 80,000+ words and your sanity
Week 1 CHECKLIST:
Come up with a logical story idea that excites you
Write a why statement that will motivate and inspire you to write
Define your novel facts with a high-concept overview
Week 2: Craft Compelling Characters
Suggested Deadline: October 17
How to create characters with real traits and emotional arcs
Week 2 CHECKLIST:
Create Character Sketches for all who appear in your novel to ensure complexity of all characters
Create Character-Driven Plot Embryos for all major characters with detailed traits and emotional arcs to write characters that resonate with readers and evoke empathy
Week 3: Structure Your Scenes (with an Outline)
Suggested Deadline: October 24
How to write a working outline with detail and intentional flexibility
Week 3 CHECKLIST:
Design a working outline to show scope, provide focus, and allow flexibility
Week 4: Prep Your Life
Suggested Deadline: October 31
How to stay inspired and efficient throughout your writing month
Week 4 CHECKLIST:
Organize your writing desk so you can sit down and start
Plan your Software/Hardware Setup to ensure security and efficiency
Schedule writing and everything else on your calendar
Create inspiration and a reward system to stay motivated, happy, and sane (such as pretty posters, an influential and inspirational reading list, and coffee/snacks stash)
Plan to track your productivity in some way
Month 2: NaNoWriMo
Hosted each November by the Office of Letters and Light, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a month-long writing marathon from November 1-30 in which you write 50,000 words of your novel (1,667 words each day). It’s crazy and amazing.
NaNoWriMo was designed to help get butts in chairs and words on the page. It’s not about writing the best novel ever written, but silencing your inner editor so you can get words on the page to revise later. It’s for the writers who need messy first drafts, experimental plot twists, and lots and lots of coffee.
How much does all this cost?
This entire workshop comes as a labor of love to support you on your novel writing journey. I understand financial constraints can make finding quality resources difficult and I genuinely want to support you and this community. Therefore, the initial version of this workshop has minimal introductory prices and a pay-what-you-can system.
If you would like access to the articles and community, simply read the blog and join the Facebook group at no cost to you whatsoever.
If you would like to download the workbook that accompanies these lessons, you can purchase it with the pay-what-you-want price. Because I have devoted time and energy to the creation of this material, the minimum is $12 to receive instant access to the workbook; the recommended price is $25.
If you have found this workshop helpful and would like to show your appreciation, consider buying me a coffee. You can buy me however many coffees you like for $3 each on my Ko-Fi page.
Here are some additional resources not created by me, but found around the web that I think are super awesome and may be helpful in your Novel Writing adventure this fall.
The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Workbook
Rachael Stephen’s Prep_tober
BoHo Berry’s NaNo BuJo
The Script Lab’s 3-Act 8-Sequence Structure
Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method
DIYMFA’s Story Mapping
Kristen Kieffer’s How to Write a Novel Outline Like the Lady Boss You Are
E.A. Deverell’s One-Page Novel Plot Formula
Individualized Writing Schedule with Pacemaker
Scrivener Novel Writing Software
Preptober YouTube Videos
Save the Cat Writes a Novel Beat Sheet Calculator (make a copy)
Jami Gold’s Worksheets for Writers
Jeff Vandemeer’s Illustrated Guide to Story Structure
Creative Nonfiction’s Visual Story Shapes