Camp NaNo Diary- Day 1- My Survival Kit

Hello and happy day 1 of Camp NaNoWriMo!

Are any of you struggling to get going today? I know that I was. I spent nearly one whole day this week going through the last draft of my novel and planning out what changes I wanted to make and what needed to stay the same. But when it came down to it this morning I looked at a blank Word document for a while before getting distracted by something else.

A few hours later I made myself come back to my computer. I made myself open up that new document. I looked over my notes, looked over where I left off in the previous chapter and started to write.

Once the words started flowing, I finally started to put that self doubt aside.

You know, that little voice in your head that tells you how much you suck and that you will never succeed at your goals? Yeah, that little lovely wasin my mind all morning long. But telling it to shut up really helped.

Maybe I swore at it a little bit too…

While getting rid of my self doubt (for now) was helpful, there are some things I will need to make sure that I have a successful Camp NaNoWriMo.

My April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo Survival Kit:

  • My notebooks: All of my research for this novel are in old notebooks, but I have a new one for Camp NaNo with the outline I came up with for changes that are needed in this draft. Without that outline and those notes this draft could easily be a disaster.
  • My laptop: for writing.
  • Coffee and tea: I can’t get through a good writing session without some kind of caffeine to fuel my creativity.
  • Things that let my brain relax: Showering and going for a walk are two things that allow my mind to relax. Not thinking about my story for a little while helps when I come back to it.
  • Snacks: I’m trying to go healthy with snacks this time around. Less chocolate and more fruits and veggies. Let’s see how that goes!

How was your day one? What is in your survival kit?

I will be writing a Camp NaNoWriMo blog every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout April! Are there any topics that you’d like me to talk about along with how things are going in my writing life?

See you all Wednesday with more talk about writing. Hopefully a book review will be up before then. <3

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