NaNoWriMo starts this weekend. Normally, I’d be a lot more prepared, but this has been an interesting year. Outlines haven’t turned out the way that I want them to. I’ve been tired and very focused on work and not able to really prepare for the massive amount of November writing as much as I’d like to. Last year, my prep involved outlining, cleaning, sleeping, reading, and caffeine. Let’s dig into what prep means this year.
I know this sounds kind of lame, but Pinterest has been oh-so-helpful. I am not writing an outline this year (because every one I write fails me), so instead I created a Pinterest board. It’s been so fun to search for things related to my characters and the world I’m creating—it’ll be a great place to go when writer’s block hits, as well.
I’ve been jotting down notes since September whenever an idea hits me (either via Evernote or in my handy dandy notebook). Having these notes about characters, ideas for the plots/world-building, and brief scenes will help spark ideas when I’m stuck, as well as help keep me on track.
I don’t generally read during November, so I gotta get some quality reading in before all I have time for is writing. What I’ve been reading lately: Premonitions, Dandelion Wine, A Song of Ice and Fire series (I’m on book 3), and a few more miscellaneous books here and there. Got any recommendations for me for after NaNo?
Fixing my space
The desk where I do my writing is very important to me. I need it to be uncluttered, with pen and paper on one side, books and other reference materials on the other, and not too many distractions. Right now it’s a mess. Hopefully I can get it cleaned up by Saturday!
This year, I’m not drinking caffeine (gasp! shock!). I know, I know. November will be hell without it. Regardless, I still have a plethora of herbal tea, kombucha (yum), an unopened bottle of tequila, and a four-pack of a super delicious beer (Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewery—bourbon barrel aged scotch ale, how can you go wrong?). I have snacks that range from rice cakes (I love them, ok? They are delicious… and yes, I put butter on them) to gummy bears to crackers to a delicious mango sorbet. When it comes to food, I’m ready.
I find that scheduling is really good for me. I’ve been using my phone as a calendar for a while now, but I’ve found myself craving the way I used to stay organized—a planner. So, I bought myself one and I’m going use it to schedule out writing time and keep myself goal-oriented. For example, on Saturday I won’t be writing until around 4pm, but when I start I have a plan. Tea + writing until 5:30pm. Break for dinner, then more writing in the evening. Most likely will head out to a coffee shop for a change of pace.
It’s gonna be a great (/difficult) November, guys.
How do you prep for NaNo? Any advice?