NaNoWriMo prep generally revolves around outlining, daydreaming, and pep talks, but there are some other things you’ll want to have prepared ahead of time. What if you miss them?
Last week I wrote about how to create your outline, and this week I’ll dive into these other, lesser-known-but-very-important elements of NaNoWriMo prep.
Note: I’m working on some very exciting things for the relaunch of The Dressmaker’s Secret, so stay tuned for that!
5 Non-Outline NaNoWriMo Prep Necessities
1: Snacks & Drinks
HOW COULD WE FORGET OUT SNACKS AND DRINKS!?! Snacks and drinks are important, yet every year – or almost every year – I forget to purchase them.
So this is your reminder. Buy your chocolate and chips. Make sure you have a bunch of microwave/precooked meals set. Purchase your favorite drink – even if that just means stocking up on tea bags or coffee grounds.
And be ready for NaNo.
All of us need a good playlist for NaNoWriMo. I highly suggest putting together some songs on your favorite device/app/whatever.
I use YouTube/the YouTube music app myself. This is my half-completed playlist for Ivy Introspective. You can get a trial that’ll take you safely through November, and I believe there’s a free version, too.
But basically, I have it on my phone and kindle (up to 500 songs can be downloaded on each of these devices) and can easily access it on my laptop. No ads, as many playlists as I want, and automatic playlists of my favorite songs, liked songs, etc. Perfection!
3: The Perfect Writing Spot
Figure out where you can write best! I’m still working on that myself as it may be I’ll hit my sweet spot in my new desk area. However, at the moment, for me, that’s the couch in the living room (on my laptop, of course).
Try testing a few places if you don’t know where you write best already. You have half a month to figure it out, after all!
4: Time to Write
I know, I know! This is the hardest thing about NaNoWriMo – finding time. Especially if you have a busy life. Still, you’ll need to plan ahead for it if you want to make a success of NaNo.
I’d suggest finding one or two times during the day when you can just WRITE like crazy. Of course there’ll have to be some flexibility, but if you can find a few sweet spots, you’re halfway there.
So get your schedule ready!
5: Writing Buddies
I saved the best and most important for last.
Get yourself some writing buddies! Make sure you have a group of fellow writers to do NaNoWriMo yet. You need them for accountability, writing sprints, sharing snippets, prayers … whatever it takes!
Without my group of gals, I wouldn’t have finished half the novels I have. So assemble your wordplayers! Honestly, this would be my #1 tip for NaNoers – you need to have buddies.
Are you prepped for NaNoWriMo? Do you have snacks and drinks? What about music? And how’s the scheduling going? MOST IMPORTANTLY … WRITING BUDDIES?!