You're one month away from a finished first draft
When you signup for Nanowrimo 2023, you get free access to First Draft Pro for October and November – one month to plot and one month to write
Every hero needs a trusty sidekick, a mentor to impart some wise words, and a few good tricks up their sleeve. First Draft Pro will be yours for the writing journey ahead. You don’t need to go it alone!
There's a little over 3 weeks until Nanowrimo, which means it's a great time to start thinking about your story idea and figuring out a rough outline.
Whether you're planning to follow our daily writing plan, or pants your way through (you do you), it can be really helpful to establish some story basics to act as your homing signal when you get stuck in the twists and turns of your plot later on.
Once you've established your story basics, the next important step in your Nanowrimo preparation is establishing your characters. There are three main requirements for establishing your character basics, and we'll walk you through each one.
We’re a little over one week out from the start of Nanowrimo! If you’ve been following along with our preparation guide, you should have a premise, synopsis, and a good sense of your characters and their motivations.
The next step is to create a slightly more detailed story outline.
Nanowrimo starts tomorrow! Let’s take some deep breaths, dial down the existential ‘AARRGGGH!’, and get you in the right headspace to embark on the 50,000 word writing journey ahead.
Let's start with some math, while we're all still alert. You're aiming to complete a 50 000 word novel in 30 days. According to the classic three-act story structure, Act 1 is about 25% of your story. So this means we're aiming for 12,500 words over about 8 days.
But don't worry! We've broken down the classic three-act story structure across a 50 000 word novel, and created a clear checklist of what you should be covering each day to write a compelling story and meet your wordcount goal.
In the classic three-act structure, Act 2 is a full 50% of the story. This is where you deliver on the promise of the premise. It's the part where all the fun stuff happens, and you have 25 000 words to cover it. We're breaking that up over the next two weeks.
First-up is the build up to the mid-point.
After the mid-point, your characters are feeling bright-eyed and optimistic. Next up, you're taking your characters from that high point, all the way into the depths of their misery.
The tree is on fire. The turkey is on fire. Everything is on fire.
We're nearly there! There's just one week to go. Like Act 1, Act 3 is also allocated 25% of the story in the three-act structure. These are the last 12 500 words you need to win Nanowrimo.
Act 3 is the climax or dénouement of your story. Your characters are at rock bottom when Act 3 starts, and you have to put them back together again.
You've done it, you beautiful devious word slinger. That's 50,000 magic words.
Plan, plot, write & revise your Nano novel in one place
Plan your novel in October, and write in November with free access to First Draft Pro
Keep worldbuilding notes in one place
Save time and keep your creative process organized, so you can focus on writing your story.
Outline chapters and overarching plots
Whether you're a plotter or a pantser, an outline can help you stay focused and on track as you write.
Start strong with structure templates
Choose from different genres and styles to find the perfect structure for your story in the First Draft Pro template library.
Stay on track with goals & focus mode
Improve your productivity and write more efficiently by setting goals and using focus mode to minimize distractions.
Write in dark mode
Whether you want to reduce eye strain and fatigue, work in low-light conditions, or just look more hardcore. We got you. 🤘
Track your changes
Track your changes as you write, review your progress and see how your story is evolving.
Link to notes
Link to your notes directly and create an internal wiki, so you don't have to switch between different apps or documents.
Easily manage different versions of your story, so you can review and compare drafts as you write.
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