August is gone.
September is nearly over.
October is almost here.
What does that mean for we writers and WriMos? It means that it is time to start hoarding candy. It is time to buy an empty notebook (or two. Or three. That decision rests in your hands, my friend.). It is time to gear up for a month of NaNo Prep, which is to say, it's time to gear up to gear up for NaNoWriMo 2016!
So, what should you be doing right about now? I'll tell you (or at least advise you; you'll do what you want, regardless of what I say).
If You're a Planner: It's time to get to planning. Pull out your notebooks. Open up a fresh document. Line up your pens, pencils, highlighters and whatever else you use to plan. If you have an idea, work on that. If you have no idea, work on that, too. The point is, just because it's not November doesn't mean that you shouldn't be ready. It will be here before you know it. And if you are truly a planner, you should be getting ready to slay the Dragons of Writerly Despondence. They are flying swift and low, and they have fire in their bellies. Will you be ready for them? Will you battle them with firm determination? Or will you cower and let them scorch your wonderful ideas to nothingness? Rally, I pray you, and plan! Finish that outline! Write that description! Make that playlist and hoard that candy! Grab that floating idea and nail it down! You can and you will give that Dragon the wallop of a lifetime. You will be ready for November, come what may.
If You're a Pantser: Now is the time to read. Read as much as you can. Read everything, from fact to fiction, novel to newspaper. Read widely. Read the types of book you want to write, and read the type you don't want to emulate. Find what you like and what you don't. Soak it all in. And when inspiration strikes, be ready. It could have been months ago; it could be now, tomorrow, or on November 1st. You can't know, so you must always be ready. And enjoy your time off. Come November, and you will be in a writing frenzy. After all, you won't have anything planned. So, buy some more coffee, take extra trips to your local library. Give lots of nurturing care to your writing brain, and be ready. NaNoWriMo will be here before you know it.
It's thirty-seven days until November 1st. Will you be ready?
Until then, Happy Writing, and Happy Planning!