Making A NaNoWriMo Schedule

Here’s another post for my fellow bullet journalers! I love any excuse to make a new, fancy, aesthetic spread in my bujo, and NaNoWriMo 2021 is the perfect opportunity to do so. The spread I made has two parts to it, a word count tracker and a writing plan:

The word count tracker is pretty self explanatory, I made boxes to represent each thousand words I need to write to hit the golden 50k at the end of the month, which I can fill in as I go. I also used a bunch of stickers because aesthetics are very motivating for me. Use what you have!

The second half of the spread is the writing plan I’ve drafted for 2021. Here’s what the page looks like, and below it I’ve written out what it says since it’s probably small on your screen and my handwriting isn’t very good.

Writing Plan 2021

Day 1-23: 2k words/day
Day 24-28: revise and edit
Day 29: final formatting
Day 30: metadata and publish


  • the snowflake method
  • daily writing time block
  • library/quiet space
  • keep spreads updated

The Short Version

My plan for 2021 is to write 2k words a day throughout the month of November, which gives me extra buffer time to get revisions and formatting done by the end of the month. The very last day will be creating metadata for self-publishing and then publishing the work itself if I decide to! Strategies to succeed during November include using the snowflake method (which I talk about here), setting up a daily time block reserved for writing, utilizing my local library for a quiet space to write free from distractions, and keeping my bujo spreads updated for maximum motivation.

What about you? What kind of spread(s) are you using for NaNoWriMo? Are you an aesthetics person like me, or are you more utilitarian with your bullet journal? Let me know in the comments!


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