NaNoWriMo 2019 โ€“ effi lind

NaNoWriMo 2019 โ€“ how I will reach 50k this year

In this post, I’m sharing my plan for NaNoWriMo 2019. There’s no way I’ll give up this year! At the end of the post you’ll find my checklist and I would love to hear about your writing project in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking at my NaNoWriMo profile, it’s obvious that my strategy so far wasn’t working for me. I participated for the first time in 2013 and since then, I have never managed to hit the 50.000 words goal. There was always something urgent, or I told myself that it’s too hard to write so fast and not useful anyway. Well, I find it quite embarrassing that I’ve never managed to win NaNoWriMo, and I am not willing to give up. This year, I plan to learn from the mistakes I’ve made so far and to come up with a realistic plan I can follow.

The thing is, I am feeling more motivated than ever. I want 2019 to be the year, I win NaNoWriMo. So, I am starting now to prepare. I believe that it’s essential for me to have clarity about my project and to make it more likely for me to succeed. One more thing, since I am planning to start a completely new writing project for NaNoWriMo, I am also making sure to finish my current project โ€“ it’s a first draft. If I don’t finish it, it will haunt me during November.

NaNoWriMo 2019 โ€“ effi lind

Here comes my NaNoWriMo 2019 checklist:

  • project: Pick a project for NaNoWriMo 2019 โ€“ check!
  • goal: Set a word count goal. โ€“ check! I am going with 50k words.
  • notebook: Prepare a notebook for the project. This one has taken a while for me because I am quite picky when it comes to notebooks.
  • plot: Make sure you draft the plot. I’m still on it.
  • website: Announce the project on
  • playlist: Make a writing playlist on Spotify โ€“ check!
  • inspo: Start a pinterest board for the project.
  • working space: Set up my working space to help me be more productive. I like to only keep things around that I need or that motivate me. My typewriter, a thesaurus, my notebook, some paper and candles.
  • emergency: Prepare a NaNoWriMo kit for desperate moments.

I know that the hardest point and also the most important one for me is plotting. If I don’t have a good plot draft, I will most likely get lost midway. It has happened to me way too often, and I find it frustrating. Not this time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope this checklist will help you get ready for NaNoWriMo 2019. If you want more inspiration, you can download a free handbook from NaNoWriMo for prepping here.

Btw, feel free to add me as a writing buddy, my NaNoWriMo name is selenafuxfell.


  1. Ravenderon

    I also need a storyline, which helps me to not loose the string. I have sent you an buddy request.
    And thanks for the like on Instagram ๐Ÿ˜‰

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