NaNoWriMo November 2012 Checklist

NaNoWriMo, Writing

This year, I’m planning to work on a Science Fiction novel, which is completely new territory for me, because it requires a whole lot of different planning to what I’m used to.

Typically, I write contemporary fiction which is set in a world that is already explained and understood. With Science Fiction, I need to come up with mythologies and background stuff in order to make the world that my characters reside in more believable.


  • Main Character Biographies
  • Sub-Character Biographies
  • Character Chart – Charting character relationships to each other.


  • Maps
  • Specifications
  • Traditions
  • Food
  • Culture
  • History


  • Road
  • Rail
  • Sea / Rivers
  • Air


  • How and why things occured

Plot Points

  • Introductions
  • Exits
  • Major Events
  • Minor Events
  • Character motivations especially at crucial plot points

Chapter/Section Breakdowns

It might seem random that as I’m setting this up, I only have breakdowns for the beginning and the end of my novel. However, this actually makes me feel quietly confident. I’m so used to starting with just the beginning, so having the beginning and the end that just need connecting together actually makes me feel more positive.
  • Chapter One
  • Chapter Two
  • Chapter Three
  • Epilogue

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