Choose an appropriate goal and clearly define your objective. Take into consideration not only the importance of your goal, but also how reachable it is considering the time frame and resources you have to work with. Use a team to create your plan. This won't be appropriate in certain cases, but brainstorming with team members can help create a stronger plan of . And in the course of creating a plan, you may find that you need input from others outside the team as well. Choose steps that are concrete, measurable and attainable. These steps should be clearly defined, not vague ideas.
We've met a lot of writers who use Evernote to plan, brainstorm (and sometimes even draft) their novels, so we are proud to be a corporate sponsor of NaNoWriMo for the fourth consecutive year. But as any fiction writer knows, the hardest part of any new work is figuring out what to write about in the first place: What happens next? What motivates these characters? What's this story about, anyway?