Welcome to Prep_tober's home here on the web.

Below you'll find an overview of Prep_tober and links to the novelcraft resources from 2016 & 2017.

Prep_tober 2018 is already in the works, and our full list of 2018 resources and activities will be unlocked by October 1st (or earlier). 


What is Prep_tober?

It's a festival of pumpkin-spiced novelcraft and NaNoWriMo prep.

Prep_tober provides techniques, tools and motivation for prepping for the most awesome NaNoWriMo experience ever, to help you write 50k words on your novel in November.

It includes:

  • Regular Prep_tober videos throughout October

  • Downloadable goodies like a Do Not Disturb sign for your socials, motivational wallpapers and more

  • Communal brainstorming sprints on Twitter

  • An awesome community of cinnamon-dusted wrimos prepping alongside you

  • IRL Prep Sessions in Glasgow (maybe some virtual ones this year!)

Why Prep_tober?

NaNoWriMo is a wonderful, mad challenge. But, if like me, you've ever done it without any prep or plan, you'll know what a nightmare it can be to revise a NaNo novel. 

I threw out 60k of my first unplanned NaNo novel draft.

In 2016 I knew I wanted to come back to NaNoWriMo with a vengeance, get all that fire and fizzle out of it without giving myself a four-year migraine revising my novel. That meant one thing: PREP.

So I prepped harder than I ever had, and in NaNoWriMo 2016, wrote 50k words I could actually KEEP. Lots of other wrimos have credited Prep_tober with helping them win too!

Here’s a short video introducing Prep_tober and why I created it.

(It's from 2016, so my set up is a lot more lo-fi than it is now)

Prep_tober is the ticket for...

  • Folks who have thought about writing a novel but never have

  • Folks who have thought about doing NaNoWriMo

  • Wrimos who struggle to finish

  • Wrimos who want to win and cut less crap in editing

It’s the hub to equip you with...

  • the tools for an awesome November novel

  • the pre-NaNoWriMo team spirit to keep your novelling flame a’burning.

✉️  Join Prep_tober & get every tool  ✉️

The best way to get your hands on all Prep_tober resources is to sign up for Prep_tober emails. The Prep_tober Twitter account is great for chat, but I can guarantee you'll miss golden resources if you're only following us there.

By signing up below you're sure to get every drop! You'll receive weekly emails throughout October with videos and nanoprep tools.


Join the Community

Twitter is the social hub of Prep_tober. It's where we chat, share prep progress and moan! 

If you’re joining in, tweet us to say hi and join the conversation!

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