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NaNoWriMo 2012: Pre-NaNo Prep

Published on Monday, October 22, 2012 by

NaNoWriMo Press Release 2012

Our NaNoWriMo Event Schedule

Cartoon used with the permission of Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com

November is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing – that crazy literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where the sane lose their minds and attempt to pen a novel in 30 days. Yes, you did hear that right. If you have always wanted to write a novel – and enjoy a challenge that puts you up against the clock – then join us and take time by the forelock.

As always, we at Virtual Writers, Inc. like to crack the whip…ahem encourage writers, by offering a veritable calendar of delights – daily word scrimmages, write-ins, as well as inspirational workshops and talks from successful authors. To start things off we invite you to join us in Second Life® on Thursday 25th at 9pm BST (1pm PDT) for a special NaNoWriMo prep writing session.

Join our Second Life® group Milk Wood Wrimos for event reminders and follow us on Twitter for daily tips – you’ll find lots of great links under the hashtag #virtualwrimos. If you want to talk shop with other wrimos then you’ll love our Goodreads discussion group.

To help you over the initial hurdle we have gathered some useful outlining resources. Feel free to share them with other participants.

If you’d like information on connecting to Second Life® then please check out the following article.

See you on the other side!

Pre-NaNo Prep


Storyboard Worksheets

Traditional Plot Storyboard

Blake Snyder Storyboard

Chapter Storyboard

Settings and Plot Elements

100 Settings

Character Profile Worksheets & Questionnaires

Character Chart

Suspense.net Character Profile

Character Profiles

Basic Character Profile

Character Prompts

Character Worksheet

Character Questionnaire

Quick Character Questionnaire

Character Traits and Occupations

100 Traits

Traits list

Plot Worksheets

Basic Plot Worksheet

Plot Prompts

Plotting Worksheet

Plot Rescue

100 Plots 1

100 Plots 2

Writing Cheatsheet


Cliché Finder


Online Graphical Dictionary (find word meanings and associations)


Plot Diagram Tool

Plot diagram

Character Building Workshop (bring your characters to life)


Character Tests/Questionnaires

Questionnaire 1

Questionnaire 2

Questionnaire 3

Character Archetypes

















Character Poles Defined





Corresponding Character Disorders

Obsessive-Compulsive (Teacher)

Avoidant (Mentor)

Paranoid (The Motivator)

Histrionic (The Actor)

Sadistic (Director)

Schizotypal (The Wizard)

Compensatory-Narcissistic (The Inventor)

Schizoid (The Architect)

Passive-Aggressive (The Overseer)

Depressive (The Detective)

Masochistic (The Loyalist)

Dependent (The Defender)

Narcissistic (The Promoter)

Antisocial (The Artisan)

Borderline (The Entertainer)

Cyclothymic (The Composer)

Other Useful Links


How To Prepare For NaNoWrimo: To Outline Or Not To Outline

Jenny Meyerhoff: Resources

Detailed Outlining in 5 Easy Steps

Write or Die

Other Resources

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression

For more great comics check out Inkygirl’s amazing site and the NaNotoons Facebook page.

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