Number of Writing Days
Choose how many days you plan to write in November and divide that number into 50k. (50k is the minimum. If your genre requires 70k, overflow into December or bump up your daily word count and if you prefer short stories, then line up two or more stories to meet the 50k minimum.)
Success depends on meeting your a daily word count. Plan ahead do the math. For example: Writing 1.7 k every day adds up to approximately 50k.
Daily Writing Prompts
Match the number of days you plan to write with an equal amount of writing prompts. (If you do a general outline, the prompts should be figured out easily.)
Do a majority of your research in advance and keep it close at hand.
Setting and Character
Consider your setting and character’s general descriptions and if possible make a few notes, building on them as the story progresses.
If you are planning to write within a genre, make sure you know its rules and word count. They vary greatly.
Write an Outline
I know it’s not necessary, but covering all the plot points and what word count you’d like them to land on is helpful with pacing and tension building.
Schedule Your November Blog Posts
And if you’re a blogger, get those posts scheduled and make sure your community understands that you’ll be busy until December.
Some extra planning now will ease you over the finish line. Any secrets you’d like to share on winning NaNoWriMo 2016?