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A To-Do List Before Writing That Novel

2015-09-22 12.14.22One of the Houston WriMos shared this link, October NaNo Prep Calendar, on Facebook and I thought it was interesting and might be helpful for those of you planning –or pantsing–  a NaNo novel this month. I don’t think that the actual sequence of doing things would work for me (the antagonist profile is done a week after the protagonist, which seems odd to me), but clearly you could swap some tasks around and come up with an easy custom agenda for your novel prep. It’s a nice list of things to think about and sort out for a novel before you start writing. Even pantsers like me need to think things through before beginning. Speaking of which…I’m once again dithering about whether or not to do NaNoWriMo. I’ve got a ton of other projects I’m working on, but on the other hand, if I only do NaNo when I’m all caught up and don’t have any ongoing drafts, then it’ll be years before I do it again. LOL! 😉  By the way…the link I shared above is on I don’t know anything about the site; if you’re familiar with it, let me know what you think.


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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