NaNoWriMo: Preparation

Posted October 25, 2014 in Writing / 0 Comments

Here goes. Just a week from the beginning of November or the-Month-of-Insane-and-Crazy-Writing-known-as-NaNoWriMo. I should be plotting or outlining or worldbuilding or storyboarding or something besides writing this blog post. And yet here I am.

I have this problem with prepping for NaNoWriMo… I don’t really prep anything for the actual novel part. I know, I know, that just sounds wrong. But that is how I work. Anyway, on to what I do prep…


I made sure my cute little reading corner is (mostly) furnished for writing. I need to relocate some of my stash of pillows and it will be perfect. And yes, that giant teddy bear makes a wonderful pillow (I’ve have him since I was three).


I purchased a bag of chocolate motivation/bribery. My current favorite chocolate this year. Yes, that is the daily word count goal written on each one. One chocolate once I reach each daily goal. And there is just enough chocolate to completely cover my laptop. Impressive.


I located some shiny new composition books because I’m crazy and write by hand. I actually find I do better writing away from the computer because the computer has the internet and the internet has distracting sites like Facebook and Pinterest.



I even got the No Plot? No Problem? Novel Writing Kit* for the very first time. The kit was designed by NaNoWriMo’s founder Chris Baty. I figured the extra motivation of actually seeing my word count plotted on the progress chart might help a bit.

That’s about all of the prep I’ve gotten done. I still have a week left to flush out my ideas for the actual novel. I kind of know what I think I’ll write about but nothing is really final yet… and won’t be until mid-November when the characters decide where they want the story to go.


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