ALL RIGHT ALL YOU NANONERDS, November is a little less than a week away! I HOPE YOU’RE GETTING BUSY PSYCHING YOURSELF UP! I’m doing it by using CAPSLOCK, but whatever works for YOU PERSONALLY!
(Disclaimer: My site does not advocate any actions of psyching that injure you or other parties. We actually don’t advocate anything at all. Except maybe kittens. And chocolate. Unless you’re allergic, then for heck’s sake, don’t eat chocolate.)
Right, so, yeah, there was a point here. OH YEAH. The point was that it’s getting down to the wire, and NOW is the time to start gathering the things you will need for the month ahead! Because this Nano Prep Tip is:
ASSEMBLE YOUR TOOLS!
Now, this is a lot broader than whatever you’re thinking. Tools aren’t just physical things like pens or Swedish Fish. It’s things like knowing WHERE you’ll be writing, or what you’ll be writing with. Those are important issues you don’t want to be hashing out at the start of November when you should be writing your heart out! (Because everyone knows the Nano flame burns brightest that first blissful week.) So instead of floundering around on November 1st, wondering where your mother put your lucky socks, start figuring these things out NOW.
I do not actually possess lucky socks OR swedish fish. Here is a list, however, of all MY tools for the coming marathon.
1. Peet’s Coffee, Harvest Cafe, or Someplace with Coffee and a Plug, Preferably with Internet I can Use
Yeah, I know, real specific. Unfortunately, as I’ve mentioned before, I just don’t get a writer-vibe from my house. Too many things to do, distractions, cats clamoring for attention, PARENTS clamoring for attention, and a room that sucks creativity as much as it has sucked in all cluttery items within a 10-mile radius. YUP. The only thing that gets accomplished at home is watching TV shows online, reading, or…. no, those are pretty much the two. So when I really need to put on my writing-cap (metaphorically, I also do not have a lucky hat,) I get OUT of the house. Anywhere will do, but I always prefer someplace that will make me coffee and let me use their internet.
2. On that note, Coffee or Tea!
I’m a huge drink-junky. I always have to have something to drink. Some days I feel like those aliens–you know, the ones from The Faculty, that had to drink water all the time or they died? I’m kind of like that. Except in my case it’s usually coffee or tea. And since i’m trying not to DRINK coffee these days, (it’s an uphill battle, lemme tell you,) tea is more often than not my drink of choice. I don’t have a particular favorite, so it’s just whatever I grab first, although lately I have been feeling Winter Spice by Twinings. Gets me into a holiday mood, I suppose.
3. My Time-Traveler Zip-Up Hoodie, or Something Else Warm
When the east side of Cleveland gets dumped with like 6 inches of snow, you know that fall is on that slippery slope to winter. Either way, it’s getting cold, and who can think up words when their teeth are chattering? NOT ME. If you live in Florida this probably won’t apply, but make sure that when you sit down to write you are comfortably bundled up. Cold fingers don’t write much of anything, that’s for sure! (And this is a heart-felt apology to people who live in the Dakotas, or anywhere else that car batteries regularly freeze–I AM SO SORRY. Good luck, hearty writers, and Godspeed.)
Yeah, pretty self-explanatory… HEY, I get hungry being all creative and stuff. I love those little Dove chocolate bites, with the messages inside? Tasty, small, AND inspiring.
If you’re interested in what I pump into my ears while I’m totally not paying attention, I’ve done a blog before on my current playlist of choice. 🙂
6. Writing Inspiration
Although some people might consider it wasted time, I always like to have books to read when I’m trying to get inspired. Literally NOTHING inspires me to write like reading something amazing. I just get filled with the writer’s mojo, and before I know it I’m off on a literary tangent. (Especially when I read Nora Roberts–no idea why.) So if it’s a day where I’m feeling less than motivated to write, I keep a book on hand–just in case. An hour reading, and I’m usually good for at least a couple hundred words.
THANKS FOR READING, GUYS!
What do YOU consider indispensable when you’re trying to get your wordcount in during Nano?
Other people are gearing up for Nanowrimo as well! Here are just a few other blogs and their personal preparation stories for Nanowrimo, or at least something related:
Michelle talks fun new ideas: http://michelleproulx.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/gearing-up-for-nanowrimo/
This writer contemplates RL friendships during November: http://awriterinspired.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/nanowrimo-virtual-friends-physical-foes/
Kenzie pulls together all the necessities: http://mackenziemyers.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/2375/
And finally, just for fun: