Still need a plan for NaNoWriMo? Here are 6 sites that can help.

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So you’re just now jumping on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon, or maybe you just didn’t have a spare second during the month of October to devote to prepping. Either way, you need a plan, and you have less than 3 days to come up with one. So let’s get down to business.

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From Alexandra Sokoloff‘s blog, a series of posts labeled NaNoWriMo Prep
These aren’t short posts. It would take a bit of time to read everything here, but this is a goldmine of valuable writing/plotting advice. If nothing else, bookmark for perusal in December.

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From Paperback Writer, an excellent 4-part NaNoWriMo Prep series:
Part 1: The Mountain
Part 2: Stand Out Characters
Part 3: Food and Fire
Part 4: Glass Wisdom

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From Dan at SurlyMuse:
The Hailstorm Approach: Prep for Nanowrimo in Seven Days (or Less), a quick and easy read featuring a 7-step guide to plotting in a hurry. This uses a compilation of useful techniques and will have you well on your way to feeling prepared to start writing November 1st.

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From Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story:
NaNo Prep: Planning Your Novel, a 6-step guide with links to other relevant articles, which serve as excellent reference points or standalone reads.

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From LindaJM at Squidoo:
Get Ready For NaNoWriMo, an easily-skimmed but still comprehensive preparation guide, complete with links to resources.

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Finally, from Amber West at A Day Without Sushi:
A Guide to Preparing for NaNoWriMo: The Pantsless Way, a lighter approach to NaNo preparations for those who plan to pants their way through November. She brings up some good points that even plotters may want to take note of.

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I’m off to finish writing the synopsis for my November project. Where are you in your NaNo preparations?

10 Links: Novel Development – Methods and More

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Free ‘Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo‘ Online Course (click on link, scroll down and click on name of course) – Thanks to Terri Main on Google+ for this one. (I didn’t link her name because she doesn’t like to be ‘circled’ without permission. She posted this in a public note though, so I’m assuming it’s okay to share this information. If anyone tells me otherwise, I’ll delete immediately.) You can log in as a guest user for this course. Enrollment key is “vipaccess.”
Lessons:
October 1-8: Developing your Novel Concept: Premise, Main Characters, Basic Story Development
October 9 – 15: Developing Character and Setting
October 16 – 22: Plot: Pantser or Plotter? Preparing your storyline your way.
October 23-31: During the Month: Time Management, Social Support, Writers Block and Having Fun!

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For the Plotters:

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From Randy Ingermanson at Advanced Fiction Writing dot com: The Snowflake Method – A calculated, step-by-step method to planning your novel. It seems to be pretty popular among plotters.

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From Margaret McGaffey-Fisk at Forward Motion for Writers (Make an account to access other very cool features of the site, including a NaNo Board): Footsteps to a Novel. A lighter approach to plotting with a simple formula to calculate the length of time it would take to finish a novel (using daily word goal and number of weekdays you’re willing to dedicate to writing it).

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From Holly Lisle at Holly Lisle dot comHow to Start a Novel (with links at each step to other informative articles) and Notecarding: Plotting Under Pressure (a method I discovered years ago on Holly’s site and still use in some form for many projects). There is a wealth of free information around the main site, so peruse away!

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From James Chartrand at Men With Pens: Five Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Write a Novel. Don’t miss this one.

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From Marg McAlister at Ezine ArticlesProblems with Plot – Episodic Writing – Informative article. Good points to remember when planning your story. Her author page is also worth a look.

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For the Pantsers:

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From Larry Brooks at Story Fix dot com: The Pantser’s Guide to Story Planning, Part 1 and Part 2. Also be sure to check out his Nail Your NaNoWrMo October feature, 31 days of NaNo project development tips.

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For the writers who just can’t make up their minds:.

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From Chuck Wendig at TerribleMinds: 25 Ways to Plot, Plan and Prep Your Story. Twenty-five ways, people. All you need is ONE to work for you. (This is worth the read even if you know which camp you’re in.)

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How is the NaNo project development going?