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2023 PlanMo Journal Challenge Master Post


Hello hello, and welcome to Planning Month (PlanMo)! October is the time to prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) in November, and we hope the activities we have this month will help you with that.

In the PlanMo club, you can start your own thread. In your thread, record your responses to the challenges, so you can refer back to them when writing later. Or you can record your responses in your NaNo thread! You can work through the following challenges at your own time and pace. Feel free to do as many or as few of them as you want.

(There may be some badges for those participating, and that's just an extra incentive to give this a try!)

Here are the challenges for the month.

Main Challenges

Elevator pitch

An elevator pitch, elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short description of an idea, product, or company that explains the concept in a way such that any listener can understand it in a short period of time. Describe your novel as though it were an elevator pitch.

Character & Location List

List down all the characters and locations that will or might appear in the story. Include some that seem unlikely, but might for example be a cool setting to add to a scene that needs some spice. You could also include some names or general descriptions for supporting/background characters that you might need in a hurry.

Main Character

Write a few paragraphs about who your main character is before the novel starts. Not what they look like or what they do, but who are they on the inside? What do they believe? Want? Where are they in their life? (Why is the plot of this book you're about to write going to change them?)

Side Characters

Write a few paragraphs about the motivations of your side characters. Why do they want certain things? What will getting/achieving those things mean to them? What fears do they have? What do these characters add to the overall story?

Most challenging character

Describe which character you think will be the most challenging to write. Plan how you will rise to that challenge! Do they need extra research? How might you tackle the scenes they are in differently to other scenes?

Question Game

Ask and answer questions! This is a great way to get to know other NaNoers and their projects, and to share a bit about your project as well! Some questions could lead you to think more deeply about a part of your project, or they could be fun and silly. Check out this thread for more details.


Post the vibes of your project! This could mean playlists, moodboards, sketches, aesthetic food arrangements, anything. Feel free to add a couple sentences explaining why what you post fits the vibes!

Extra Challenges

Inspiring Music
Use the media code to put in a song that will inspire you to write this story when the going gets tough. It could be something that reminds you of the location your story takes place in, one of your characters, or just a good motivational song!

Code: Select all

Inciting Incident

What is the change that occurs in the main character's life that forces them into the story? For example, in the Aesop's fable 'The Sick Lion', the lion's old age causes him to be unable to hunt prey. This leads to him deceiving prey animals into entering his den by spreading the news that he was very sick, which sets up the entry of the story's 'hero', the fox. In another fable, 'The Dog and the Shadow, the inciting incident is when a dog snags some meat from the butcher's shop. Because he had the meat, he was deceived by his own reflection (of a dog holding meat) to think there was another dog in the river with a treat, which leads to the main event of this very short tale.

Character questionnaire

Fill out the following questionnaire from the NaNo site about at least one of your characters, though the more you do the more prepared you will be. @Spearmint will be drawing one character each for the first five people to fill out this questionnaire and post a link to it in this thread!

Spoiler! :
Eye colour:
Physical appearance:
Strange or unique physical attributes:
Favourite clothing style/outfit:
Where do they live? What is it like there? --
Defining gestures/movements:
Things about their appearance they would most like to change:
Speaking style:
Pet peeves:
Fondest memory:
Special skills/abilities:
Negative traits:
Things that upset them:
Things that embarrass them:
This character is highly opinionated about:
Any phobias? --
Things that make them happy:
Family (describe):
Deepest, darkest secret:
Reason they have kept this secret for so long:
Other people's opinions of this character:
Favourite bands/songs/types of music:
Favourite movies:
Favourite TV shows:
Favourite books:
Favourite foods:
Favourite sports/sports teams:
Political views:
Religion/philosophy of life:
Physical health:
Dream holiday:
Description of their house:
Description of their room:
Any pets? --
Best thing that has ever happened to this character:
Worst thing that has ever happened to this character:
Three words to describe this character:
If a song played every time this character walked into a room, what song would it be?


Thank you for explaining this it sounds cool!


I couldn't find the link to the questionare so I answered it in here I'm sorry

Name:Corey Williams
Eye colour: Pale Green
Physical appearance: He's lean with black hair and a heart shaped face.
Strange or unique physical attributes: Eyes turn purple when using his power
Favourite clothing style/outfit:casual and comfy big fan of sweaters.
Where do they live? What is it like there? --
Defining gestures/movements: tends to be more subdued but when he's happy he fidgets a lot
Things about their appearance they would most like to change: he would like to get his ears pierced or dye his hair.
Speaking style: closed off and abrupt with new people or quipy with people he likes he's very bubbly
Pet peeves: Hates slightly wrong rhymes like liar and Tyler or his fingernails touching things with bad textures.
Fondest memory: Having a super smash bros tournament with his brother and friends
Hobbies/interests:reading, drawing, fighting crime, hanging with friends, dungeons and dragons.
Special skills/abilities: His power is that he can see into every possible version of himself in the multiverse so he can see every version of his fate so he can make better descisions
Insecurities: thinks he's weak and wont be able to protect his friends
Quirks/eccentricities: collects pins
Temperament: cautious
Negative traits: holds onto negative feeling for a long time, anxious, overly sarcastic
Things that upset them: friends being hurt, gaslighting, arrogant people
and giraffes
Things that embarrass them: getting in trouble
This character is highly opinionated about: lgbtq+ rights and the godland prophecy (world lore thing)
Any phobias? heights and lizards
Things that make them happy:friends, family hobbies
Family (describe): Mom and brother Samantha Williams is short with black hair that's usually tied up in a messy bun and comfy clothes usually preferring beige yellow and orange as her wardrobe colors. Mikey is tall and athletic with purple eyes and uncontrollably fluffy black hair.
Deepest, darkest secret: He doesn't have one he's pretty open with his people I'll think of one later
Reason they have kept this secret for so long:
Other people's opinions of this character: reserved blatant cold if they don't know him funny bubbly and compassionate once he opens it up.
Favourite bands/songs/types of music: Indie pop, Florence and the Machine.
Favourite movies: The Matrix and Birdemic
Favourite TV shows: Pretty Smart, Big Bang Theory and Gravity Falls
Favourite books:Hunger Games, Maze Runner, The Graveyard Book, and Lord Of The Rings.
Favourite foods: Danishes
Favourite sports/sports teams: Football and Roller derby
Political views: Democratic (on the villians side for more novel politics)
Religion/philosophy of life: Just don't be a jerk
Physical health: Mildly fit
Dream holiday: Trip to Greece
Description of their house: Three room dorms a small bedroom, bathroom and half kitchen.
Description of their room: Bunk bed that they share with their friend Steve, twinkle lights posters and a small desk with a fax machine are also present cream colored walls.
Any pets? nope
Best thing that has ever happened to this character: Going to KGV Academy
Worst thing that has ever happened to this character: Having to kill their best friend
Superstitions: Has to hit windchime when leaving their own house or they get paranoid
Three words to describe this character: Compassionate goofy and anxious
If a song played every time this character walked into a room, what song would it be? Holding out for a hero by FrouFrou


@GrHinds09, what you do is you go into the forums section of this club, click on the button on the left sidebar that says 'Create Topic,' and post your stuff in there. This helps keep it in one place.


Thanks for all these planning ideas, I feel like I am enjoying this PlanMo part of this too much xD

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This is really helping me plan my novel for NaNo! It is also really fun writing this.

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oh crap i hope im not too late i did this a while ago but forgot to post it here


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