The Great NaNo To-Do List

So it’s just over a month now until NaNoWriMo. Eep. I wrote a little about it previous, and since then have made some decisions. Yes, I am going to do NaNo. Yes, I have decided what I am going to write. And yes, I am terrified.

Of course, with the decision to do NaNoWriMo comes at least a little bit of planning. I’m not talking about coming up with a great big outline, but getting a few little things done now so I don’t have to worry during the month of November. So behold: The Great NaNo To-Do List (2016 edition)!

  • Title
  • Cover
  • Blurb
  • Playlist: Signed In Blood (General)
  • Playlist: Untitled (Primary Ship)
  • Playlist: Blade of Mercy (Secondary Ship)
  • Basic location names
  • Basic character names – surnames and personal
  • Covenant names, titles
  • List of “NPC names”
  • Watch Rome
  • Watch Spartacus
  • Play Dragon Age 2 again
  • Read. Read a lot.

Some notes on this to-do list:

  • Playlists: I love having playlists for my novels. It helps me get into the head of characters and their storylines and gives me something to help me hook into the writing of a novel when I sit down at my desk. I’ve been doing this for years, even back to when I was roleplaying, and find it very helpful. Plus it’s fun!
  • NPC Names”: To save me panicking and struggling to find names for bit characters, I’m going to have a numbered list of names (which can easily be tweaked to be masculine/feminine/neuter – yay Latin) and pick one out using a random number generator. Done.
  • Covenants: Social and political groups for mages.
  • Watch Spartacus: As far as I can tell, it’s a show about shirtless muscular men and Lucy Lawless. I hope I am correct.

Now I don’t expect to complete all of this stuff (such as the TV and games, because those are just fun add-ons), but getting through at least a few of them will make things easier come November.

To the readers: Are you doing NaNo? If so, do you want to be buddies? And, more importantly, what are you doing to prepare?


Catherine is a writer, reader, and general internet person from New Zealand. As well as designing book covers, she is one of the editors for Bibliodaze and one half of the vampire-themed podcast The Bloodsucking Feminists.

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Kiwi. Writer. Reader. Graphic designer. Video games enthusiast. Bloodsucking Feminist and co-editor of Bibliodaze . Knows way too much about vampires than is healthy. Doesn't care.

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