How I Prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo is less than two weeks away.

I’ve been researching, outlining and preparing for April 1st.

Honestly, I think this is the most work I’ve done for a NaNo novel before the actual challenge begins.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve done so far to prepare forΒ The Lost Girl.

I created a map of characters as well as a map of places. This is something I should be doing for all of my novels because I think it helps a lot. However, this is the first time I’ve done it at all.

I used the app Total Recall. It’s an app where you can create web charts (I think that’s what they’re called) or bubble charts or whatever. Here’s what mine looks like, to explain it a little better. This is a map of the different settings of the book:

The Lost Girl Setting Map Peter Pan Rachel Poli


I may have missed a few places here and there. I also may add some new places as I write the story.

This helps me with my outline and write in the actual places. Since this novel is a Peter Pan retelling, I don’t want to make up too many new places. I want to stay true to the original story while adding in my own twists and turns.

This will certainly be a good resource to look back at when I write the actual novel.

I also made a map of the characters, but I don’t want to post a picture of it due to possible spoilers.

How do you prepare for your novel? Or do you wing it?

27 thoughts on “How I Prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo

  1. I usually do a lot of character sketches and some plot points. This time around I am editing my Nov novel since I got stuck on it in the Now What months.Good luck with your new story!

  2. This app looks really great! I haven’t put much time into dealing with places + maps and such yet — I’ve currently got all my planning on one Word document. It’s a bit boring, but I’m very new to planning so I’m pleased I’ve done any at all. πŸ˜›

    • If that’s what works for you, then great! Though I think the app is a lot of fun and you can use it for anything. Plus it’s pretty. πŸ˜‰

  3. That looks great πŸ™‚ I am jotting down bullet points for each of my short stories, like really rough outlines (I usually do that for chapters, too). And I’m trying to draw a map of the world, although all my attempts up to now have failed. Your chart looks really cool, though. Good luck for April!

  4. I’ll have to look into this app. Right now I’m keeping my lists of names and places in Evernote, and organizing it more visually would help me keep track of things.

  5. I can’t wait to read this! I just wing it to begin with. It’s how I get a feel for the characters. Then I stop and map it out. I suppose I write into the story.

    • That’s a good way of doing things, though. My outlines usually change, but I create them because I like to have an idea of what I’m going to write. Especially during Camp I don’t want to stop and think. Then I’d panic, lol.

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