Planning for NaNoWriMo

There is a lot more to planning for NaNoWriMo than outlining and character sketches. A survival kit wont even finish off my planning.


Because there is more to my life than just writing. I have family, friends, neighbors, work, errands and chores. There is a lot to do before I can begin a month of writing.

How am I planning to get ready for this years NaNoWriMo event?

  1. Planning a trip up north to visit my daughter Skye, her boyfriend Jonas, and the other people I have met during my visits there. Skye will be 24 on November 3rd, and I try to visit her a few days each year at the beginning of November. I should be able to get some writing done while she has to work, so I will not be as far behind on my word count after this vacation as I was last year’s.
  2. Planning time with my daughter Zowie. I think we are planning Thanksgiving dinner at her place, but I would also like to take her and Devan out to eat once before November.
  3. I already had a day to hang with the bested. We visited local cemeteries last Sunday, taking photos. It was good fun.
  4. Have a good cleaning day. Dishes, trash, cleaning the community bathroom well, making sure I am caught up on laundry. Making sure everything is in its place.  My plan is to take 10 minutes each day before I begin writing to be sure chores are done.
  5. Planning for a cooking day each week, to make easy foods so I don’t have to spend much time cooking the rest of the week. Snacks will be easy to put together to have on hand. I can do writing sprints in between checking the slow cooker and whatnot on those days, so I am still accomplishing something.
  6. Set up my writing space.
  7. Plan on at least a quick 10 minute workout each day, before writing. Probably a lot of squats and the use of had weights. And a walk once a week at least.
  8. Thinking about how I can get through the month in such a way that I am not eating any/much junk food. I am not sure my paleo diet is going to work 100%, but my main goal will be not to start drinking the soda every day again. I am going to try to stay on track. i can tell you that my three open meals per week are probably going to be used for delivery of pizza or steak and cheese subs, just to make my life a bit less stressful.
  9. Researching what I need to know to get this book written. Finding the answers to any of the questions that I have while outlining the book.
  10. Work: I am planning to bring my notes back and forth with me to work, so I can work on the stories during slow periods at work.

That is all I have planned. Hopefully this will all set me up for a month with few distractions.

How are you planning for your month of writing?

Shannon L. Buck


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About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.

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