Writing a book in a month won't be too hard, they said.
You'll be fine, they said.
But you're freaking out, aren't you? You're not prepared (or as prepared as you'd like to be).
Besides the basic tools we use for NaNoWriMo - laptop, ideas, swift fingers and a writing program equipped with a word count - there are other things we can utilize to ease our writing journey. So I came up with a list of items and put them into my post. This is my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit. :)
1. A Clean Work Space
A clean work space is a must for me, especially during NaNoWriMo. I have those days where I don't want to be writing, so when there's something nearby - like a stray piece of paper or even a pencil - I will allow it to distract me from my task. Cleaning up your writing space not only removes these distractions, but gives you more room to work as well.
Having a water bottle next to me as I write helps me not only to stay hydrated, but also stay focused on my task. I know as soon as I step away from my laptop to get a drink, I won't come back for at least an hour, so with water nearby, my focus stays on my work.
Snacks are perfect for writing, especially if you want to complete mini-goals. Just tell yourself, "as soon as I hit 3,000 words, I'm going to pop open that can of Pringles". It will not only motivate you, but keep your tummy happy as well. ;) (I recommend taking a small break while snacking. Get up and move around, let your eyes and brain rest for a few moments. You want to stay focused on your task, but don't ever hesitate in rewarding yourself with a power regeneration break.)
4. iTunes / Music
iTunes is great for those times when I feel a lack of inspiration. I just put my earbuds in, press play, and begin typing. I would advice taking precaution when doing this, because if you're like me, you may get sucked into a song you really like and start jamming instead of writing. :P
My outline is my lifesaver right now, so I definitely recommend creating one. It's helped me stay focused on what the goals of my writing are. Of course, it's very rough and loose, so I can add or delete any details at anytime as I write; because thinking about what to write and actually going to write it usually turns out to be two very different things - at least for me.
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These are just some suggestions based on what works best for me, but I hope they help you as well. :)
What's in your NaNoWriMo Survival Kit?
xx Nicole Rose