Monday, October 31, 2016

NaNoWriMo Is Tomorrow...


NaNoWriMo is tomorrow! As of this very moment, we are a mere 13 hours away from the starting line. How has it come so fast? How is it already here?

Are you ready?

As for me, I have had my outline ready to go since December 2015, during my downtime between the frenzy of writing my first draft in NaNoWriMo 2015, and getting down to the nitty-gritty in revision. I reworked the beginning a final time last night, and because I was so into it, reading and posting on the forums, contacting old writing buddies, planning the final little story bits and making a checklist of things for myself to do before NaNo (which means, today), when I went to sleep late last night, I dreamed about NaNo. When I woke up, tons of lines for my book came soaring at me, rapid-fire. That's how I know I'm ready to write; when, all of a sudden, I am getting lines upon lines of prose and dialogue and other various others, it's time. So I think it's fitting that I am ready the day before, don't you?

However, if you are on the fence about NaNoWriMo, you aren't sure if you should try it, you don't know if you can write that much in a month, you don't have an outline... Whatever the excuse, I can assure you that it's lame. You've never written before? J.K Rowling wasn't born writing. You don't have an outline? Stephen King is an avid pantser, too. You don't think your good enough? You may not be, but you're sure not getting any better by sitting around wishing you were better.

So what are you waiting for? Time's a-burnin'! Get out there, get writing!

For those of you who, like me, have been ready for November to be here for months now, I say take a break. Go see a movie. Get your nails done. Have lunch with a friend. Go on a leisurely walk. But by all means, do not get sucked into doing nothing but story-stuff for the rest of the day! Goodness knows you'll have plenty of that in the coming weeks and months! Enjoy your last day as a writer not enslaved to your beautiful project.

And when tomorrow comes, I hope that you will slay that word count, and that you will get your story told. Only you can.

Until Tomorrow, then,
Happy Writing!

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit- 2016 Edition

We are 1 day from the opening writing frenzy of NaNoWriMo, and as the time is so near, it is time for we WriMoians to begin hoarding candy, creating playlists, buying Starbucks gift cards and stashing emergency pencils and other office supplies. But what exactly do you need to have on hand to survive the insane month to come?

Let me help you with that.

Last year, we had the following on our Survival Kit lists:

  • Chocolate
  • Other Assorted Candies
  • A Handy Idea Notebook
  • Pencils (Mechanical or otherwise)
  • Water Bottle
  • Post-It Notes
  • A Good Book
  • Laptop
This year comes a few more additions.

1. The Chilled Beverage of your choice

I found last year that I was more often than not reaching for my cold drinks rather than the hot ones. I had my hot coffee or tea in the mornings, but after that? Cold, all the way.

I will be making some infused water to keep in my refrigerator at all times throughout this coming month. If you'd like to have my super easy Inspirational Infused Water recipe, leave your comment below!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. An Awesome Playlist (or two)
                                                                                                             You may be rocking to some awesome oldies, or maybe classical is more your style; but whatever the case, you will need some music playing to help set the mood for your writing life.

I would suggest making several playlists (that you could shuffle all together sometimes). One full of intense, fast music for fight scenes, or climaxes. One with sad, soulful, sorrowful music for when someone dies, or someone is having a hard day. One with super upbeat, happy-go-lucky kind of music for when things are great. And then for the regular times, shuffle them all together so that you have a mix of everything. This way, you will really be in the mood to write what you need to write, and you can just get down to it.

3. A New Notebook
Because it wouldn't be NaNoWriMo without a new notebook. That's just how it works.

What will be in your NaNoWriMo 2016 Survival Kit?                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Happy Writing, all!