I love NaNoWriMo! I know it’s a source of stress for a lot of participants, but honestly, I thrive in this type of environment. With outside goals that I haven’t set myself, I feel more compelled to work harder and get it done. I’ve participated a number of years, and I haven’t lost yet. And after all this time, I’ve sort of gotten my routine down. I thought I’d share with you guys my NaNoWriMo checklist: the things I need to make my November as successful as possible.
We all love our warm beverages when settling in for a marathon writing session. My go-to is the Candy Cane Lane tea from Celestia Seasonings. It’s ridiculously inexpensive. The peppermint-vanilla flavor is perfect for the holiday season. As a plus, it’s not caffeinated, which is something I really look for when consuming mass amounts of tea.
Sadly, this candle has been discontinued (or at least, it’s not available right now.) This is my favorite candle for the cooler seasons. It’s piney, with vanilla and peppermint and it makes for a gorgeous, relaxing writing atmosphere. I guess this year I will have to find something to replace it. 🙁
Since discovering Scrivener a few years ago, I haven’t written with any other program. I honestly don’t know how I survived before it. It keeps all your research, notes, character templates, outlines, EVERYTHING in one place – even images and maps and charts! It’s so awesome to be able to click over to reference something in my world-building without having to leave the window. There are a ton of other features (like daily word count goals, distraction-free full screen writing.) Basically, it’s the perfect writing/NaNoWriMo tool.
For the times when I need a break, the Nano forums are there for me. You can find genre lounges, world-building help, plot help, even games and other ways to while away the time when writer’s block is worst. The community environment that comes with Nano is priceless and invaluable. I’ve gotten so much positive feedback, advice, and inspiration from those folks.
I love listening to movie and television scores while I write. This year I’m going to be writing high fantasy, and Travor Morris’s music is just speaking to me, particularly The Tudors Season 3.
Silence – obviously. Everyone leave me alone.
Co-bloggers – Two awesome people to fill in the gaps where I slack off next month and so I don’t have to put blogging on hold for a month.
Lots of easy dinners I can make ahead of time and that will provide lots of leftovers.
Gummy and Kitty – the two best listeners I know!
Google – research, research, research
My local library – see points one and five.