National Novel Writing Month AKA NaNoWriMo is about to start this November 1st; the goal is to bang out 50,000 words of a rough draft novel in 30 days. I declared that I would do it this year, having been inspired by several friends who have done it in the past. This is my first year, and I’m not sure exactly how it’s going to go, so I just made a tracking calendar to help me visualize just how many words I need to write every day.
It’s a full-sized piece of paper (US Letter 8.5 x 11 inches) that has some instructions at the bottom. The basic idea is to fill-in boxes that represent 250 words of writing. The boxes are shaped like a pyramid; you fill in at least 7 of them to get to the first plateau of 1750 words, which is enough to comfortably finish in 30 days if you are writing every day. There are a couple higher boost levels: 2250 for writing just on Monday-Friday, and 2500 for people who want to fill-in that last block. Every week, there’s a review worksheet that helps me assess the week, which allows me to compute a new minimum word count. For example, if I somehow wrote 25,000 words in the four days, this would lower my minimum word count from 1667 to 960 words per day. Not that this is likely to happen, but the review will be a good way of keeping tabs on my progress.
Since this is the first year I’m doing NaNoWriMo, I’m not sure how useful this form will be. But it certainly was fun making it :)
Download NaNoWriMo Tracking Calendar
Download NaNoWrimo Calendar PDF (Portrait, US Letter)
The calendar covers half the sheet, with instructions
The calendar takes up the full sheet, with no instructions
Having trouble saving? Right-click or option-click and choose “save link as” if you are having trouble saving the file.
This is free to use for non-commercial purposes. Enjoy!