If you are gearing up for National Novel Writing Month, Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt may be just the tool you need. The book includes lots of fill-in-the blank worksheets to guide your process each and every day. In addition to paperback and e-book versions, it comes in a spiral bound version that should be perfect to write in and keep track of all the details that go into planning and plotting a book.
I particularly like her advice to celebrate your successes along the way. Making a contract with yourself is a good idea too. The book is relatively short but manages to cover a lot of territory.
My understanding is writers are allowed to do prep work on their novels before November starts. But remember, if you don’t make it to 50,000 words in 30 days the world will not come to an end. Schmidt says you can also use her book to complete a detailed outline or revise an existing manuscript. Grab this book and get started.