Hello friends, if you don’t know by now I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year! Last year was the first year I jumped in head-first and made it all the way through. I could have used a survival kit then, but unfortunately I didn’t make one for myself. This year, I am trying to prepare a little more.
Here is my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit for 2014
This is probably the most important thing to have in my cupboard the month of November. Usually I can barely focus in the morning without my cup of coffee, but when waking up earlier than but when waking up earlier than usual (and probably staying awake later than usual too) coffee is a must. Usually a great mug is a must too.
It makes those early mornings a bit more tolerable. I’m not an early morning person.
Speaking of mug, I need an awesome NaNoWriMo mug before Nov 1st!
2. An awesome notebook
Since this notebook will likely hold any and all notes and ideas before NaNo starts and bits and pieces of writing during NaNo-, it’s best if it’s one that I love using and looking at. Time to put away last year’s dinosaur notebook and pull out this year’s Safari notebook.
*Sniff* goodbye for now dinosaur notebook.
You can get these awesome Decomposition Books with some other awesome cover designs here. I got mine at my local independent bookstore— yours might have one too.
A notebook is so helpful to keep all of your thoughts, novel ideas, and research handy 🙂
3. A clean / distraction-free workplace
Which I don’t have a photo of right now because it’s a total mess! This is a must, at least to start the month with (who knows if I will have time to maintain it). My workspace will eventually become a mess and full of distraction, but it helps me to have a specific writing space, even if I do a lot of my writing elsewhere. I need a place where if I am there, I need to be writing and focused.
4. A webcam
Last year, our region wasn’t very active, so I had virtual write-ins with my friend Tracy who lives a couple of hours away. It helped and made word wars and writing very fun. I was so much more productive on days where she and I video-chatted and helped one another out. Even thought my region will hopefully be hopping with activity this year, I hope to continue this.
5. My Crockpot
This was probably the best gift I ever received (I know, I’m old) but I can just throw something together and it cooks on it’s own. Yay for easy meals. Writers have to eat too, right? And if I didn’t cook, I think the boyfriend would starve.
I don’t usually listen to music while I write, but sometimes it sets the mood before an intense writing session. And sometimes I need a random dance party to get rid of some of the antsy excess energy that builds up when I sit for too long.
And I need to do so away from other people, so I don’t embarrass myself 😉
7. A reward system
Whether it is a piece of chocolate, a refill on my coffee, a short (or long if the weather permits) walk, I need some kind of reward system for my hard work. If I meet that day’s goal of 1,667 words, I need a way to pat myself on the back and motivate myself to keep going.
8. Time to decompress
I love writing, but I can’t be doing it 24/7. Writers need to give themselves a break sometimes. This is usually where a walk comes in for me. It helps get the creative juices flowing while I’m daydreaming about other things and gets the blood pumping.
It’s time to get your NaNoWriMo Survival Kit in order! What is in yours?