That means it is time to put together our NaNoWriMo Survival Kits.
Here's what's in mine (in no particular order):
The Importance of Chocolate can not be understated. Not only is it delicious, but it also is full of inspiration-giving goodness that will help you along the NaNoWriMo path. Buy lots. Of chocolate.
2. Other Assorted Candies
As I said with chocolate, I will say with candy: you will need it to survive. It is what you will eat, breathe, and what will keep you from starving and/or going crazy.
3. A Handy Idea Notebook
You never know when inspiration will strike. Keep one (or two, or six) of these on hand when you step out to the grocery store, or when you head up to bed for the evening. You don't want to lose those beautiful ideas do you?
4. Pencils (Mechanical or otherwise)
What good would that notebook be without these bad boys?
5. Water Bottle
The chocolate and candy might kill you if you don't have a watter bottle on your desk. But be sure to use a coaster! Seriously, though, watter is essential to life, and life is essential to NaNoWriMo. On a somewhat related note, I have the third bottle pictured here!
6. Post-it Notes
Do you have a ball game to go to? A date night? Feed the fish? Whatever it is, use sticky notes to litter your desk with helpful reminders and to-do lists. Cheery and effective, these little papers will help pull you from the trenches of writing to the real world. But just remember not to push writing too far out of the way!
7. A good book
You'll need to be reading a good book (either a new one or an old favorite) just so you can remember what a good sentence sounds like, so you can read some great words when you have none left in you. Books are necessary to NaNoWriMo, so read one, even in the process of writing. Especially in the process of writing.
Last, but certainly not least, you'll need your laptop. (Unless you're one of those weirdos who writes novels longhand *shoves longhand manuscripts under the desk*.) This one is kind of obvious, but it still deserves it's own place in the Survival Kit.
Well, that is all I have in my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit, but you can add anything you might want/need to yours for the month ahead. Comment if I left out something vital!
As always, Happy Writing!