Preptober is the unofficial planning month before NaNoWriMo takes off in November. So, the entire month of October is devoted to brainstorming, plotting, character sketching, figuring out settings and scenes, and otherwise scribbling notes towards what will, ultimately, become your novel.

This year, I decided to dive deep into the planning process, attempting all of the stuff I normally avoid, to see whether or not it would make writing my novel any easier come November.

I also decided to share my process with you, via this blog and social media.

Whether you’ve been following along all October, or still need some prep help now that it’s November, here’s a worksheet with prompts you can use for each day of the month:

Click image to download a printable copy!

And here’s a link to download a Calendar version.

Each day in October, I posted the prompt on my Instagram profiles (@LauraRobertsBooks and @originaloflaura), with links to my blog posts exploring characters, settings, scenes and plot points from my own NaNo novel. I enjoyed it so much that I plan on doing it again next year!

Social Media

Use the hashtag #Preptober on social media so we can check out each other’s work, comment and connect!

All Preptober Posts, In Order




And, as with all good things, I will eventually turn these posts into an ebook. Stay tuned once NaNoWriMo 2017 is over for further developments!