For those of you who don't yet know what NaNo is, I'm talking about national Novel Writing Month, and annual event for aspiring (and published) novelists run through a website and its sisters.
As this is my first year of NaNoWriMo, I set my YWP goal to be 15,000 words. My last major writing project that I've finished was around 20k and took two months to draft! However, that project was not only collaboration-based, but it was littered with arguing and...well, a lot more arguing on top of it. On my own, I think that I might actually be able to make my goal.
Every year, there are several ways that the NaNoWriMo staff helps you become - and stay - mentally prepared, including pep-talks, workbooks, and interesting dares over at the YWP. However, it is also important to be physically prepared for the month's madness.
1.) Clean Up Your Room This Instant!
|the "thing" on my chair is a cat|
2.) Oh, You'll Need to Staple That...
Where's your pencil sharpener? How about your volume on predatory wildlife? Your butter knife? It's important to know where your supplies are, no matter what you do and what they are. For me, my musts are my iPod, laptop, flash drives, and my tennis racket for quick rushes. If you don't spend a lot of time finding your supplies, then you won't waste time, and less time wasted equals more words written, and more words written equals a successful NaNo!
3.) Come (At Least Partially) Prepared
It doesn't matter whether you're a planner or pantser (great article on that here), but having the smallest bit of plot and character preparation. A good idea is to have your protagonist read-to-go and to have an idea of what you're planning to write, even if it's just a quote.
Personally, I'm a planner at heart, and I have an elaborate plot down already. I just need to fill in a few more character sheets (*COUGH* Next post) and then I'll be set!
Reason to skip serve practice: It died and you need to attend its funeral.
I'd also like to shout out again to Y. Bromberg, who is helping me manage the blog and with a tad bit of promotion! Thanks so much!