It’s October, so we all know what big event is looming- and I don’t mean Christmas or even Halloween. Before you know it, it will be November and NaNoWriMo will begin. If you don’t already know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. During this event, writers worldwide attempt to write 50k words in one month- November. This is a highly dangerous event for writers, and warning: Four out of five writers lose their sanity during Nano (The fifth one surely has to be a robot- or at least a cyborg…). Anyways, here is my NaNoWriMo survival kit to help you survive November! DISCLAIMER: As stated before, will not be held responsible for any lost sanities (or marbles). Apologies, but I am not able to stop the most likely inevitable- it’s NaNoWriMo. If you’re lucky Santa will bring you your marbles back- but you are a writer, if you haven’t already gone mad then it WILL happen soon.
A Backup for your Writing:
You need something storing your beautiful words other than your trusty laptop or computer- if that breaks then what are you going to do? Something like a memory stick or SD card can be used, or you could use a word processor that syncs across devices. For example, I use Google Docs and I can access this from any device. As well as this, if you have to manually save your documents, make sure to do that often. If your computer was to crash or a power cut to happen your unsaved words could be lost. Forever. That’s the last thing you want to happen during NaNo where your every word counts.
Ah, the only thing in this universe that can truly set my heart aflutter. You have to write 1,667 words a day- you are going to need something to fuel all that work. Naturally, candy, chocolate and anything packed with sugar really, is the best choice. It is guaranteed to give you a sugar rush if you eat enough and, well, it’s candy! Who doesn’t love sugar?!
A Writing Playlist
I don’t know about you, but when I write, I have to listen to music. This just seems to give me more inspiration, as well as the required motivation I need to keep going. Plus it is always fun to have a little break from writing to jam along to a favourite song! I always make a playlist for each novel I am working on, so I often start with just a few songs and as my story grows (and NaNo progresses) so does my playlist.
You are going to be spending a lot of your time writing during this month- so make sure you have something comfortable to wear. And, no, your clothes do not have to be a fashion statement, besides, sweatpants and hoodies are all the range for NaNo participants.
No, I am not suggesting that you get a forest (although, that would be awesome!). Forest is an app which you can get for IOS, Android, Windows Phone, Chrome and Firefox. It is free for an extension on a laptop/ PC etc. But you have to pay £1.49 for the app which is annoying! With Forest, you can block certain websites that you have chosen, and in this time a virtual tree will grow. If you go onto a blocked website in this time you can give up, but the little picture of the adorable tree is enough to change my mind (seriously, the tree is so CUTE). If you do give up, your tree dies and Forest makes sure to show you the picture of the not so cute dead tree which you helped murder *shudders*. With the app each time you successfully grow a tree it is put into your forest, and you can also unlock new types of trees to make the forest more varied. So, in conclusion, through emotional blackmail it forces you to write! Yay!
So that’s my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit! What’s in yours? I would love to hear, so please comment below 🙂