Nanowrimo: And So It Begins

 

It is just a few hours before midnight and I’m totally pumped and ready to get this show on the road.

My characters are semi-developed. I barley know anything about the world or setting and the plot is almost nonexistent.

But that doesn’t matter because this is exactly how I wanted it. I want to dive head first into the story and see where it takes me. The most important thing is that my characters are interesting enough to keep me going.

Compelling characters makes me an eager writer.

I think that’s the most important thing during Nanowrimo. Find the thing that makes you an eager writer. Find the one thing that you are compelled and giddy and excited to write. During Nanowrimo, that’s all that matters.

Because as the lifelong saying goes. “You can edit a shitty story but you can’t edit a blank page”

So get excited. Find a cause. Find your dream character, your dream plot or your dream villain.

3-2-1 WRITE!

 

 

 

Preptober: The Last Preparations

 

Depending on which timezone you’re in, Nanowrimo might just be a few hours away. And here are a few things you might consider doing those last few hours before midnight.

  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking your favorite meal in bulk
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family
  • Water your plants
  • Tidying up your desk/writing space
  • Buying your favorite snack in bulk
  • Stack up on tea and coffee
  • Play with your pet
  • Finish your current read

You might think this is a bit excessive. But believe me, when Nanowrimo strikes, you don’t want any distractions in any form.

I’m an expert in everything procrastination and I’ll tell you this much, I’m usually a very messy person, I live alone so who cares, right? But November is the one month out of the year when my brain goes “I should scrub down my toilet, sort out my pantry, reorganize my bookshelf and clean out my closet” My apartment is never as clean as it is in the end of November.

So to counteract this I’ve already done some of that stuff and my apartment is currently looking better than it has in a long time. We’ll see how long my messy lifestyle will keep it this way. but it’s worth a try. I’m sure my brain will come up with something new for me to do but I’ve at least tried.

Now I just have to come up with a way to ban the internet…

 

 

 

Preptober: All The Snacks

 

We might have arrived at the most important topic of preptober.

SNACKS!

Everything and anything you consider snacks are qualified.

It can be anything from frozen banans cover in dark chocolate to salty crackers to french fries.

It can be a cup of comforting tea or a spicy bloody mary.

Whatever rocks your taste buds, make sure to fill your pantry, fridge and freezer before November. Because as the 1st rolls around that should be the least of your worries.

Snacks should be something that won’t distract you too much from your writing, tastes delicious and keeps your energy high.

Personally I’ll have a variation between tea, coca cola, buns, popcorn and clementines.

What are your go-to snack during Nanowrimo and have started buying it in bulk yet?

 

 

 

Preptober: Schedule Time For Writing

 

Nanowrimo is just a week away and it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of what we’re going to do in November. Which is write (just so we are on the same page).

I know as well as the next person that finding extra hours in the day can be a troubling task, downright impossible at times. So what we need to do is prioritizing.

However, there are a few things we can’t prioritize away.

  • Work
  • School
  • Sleep
  • Kids/Pets responsibilities
  • Food

So, lets do a little bit of math (I know, but stay with me). I’ll use my own life as an example.

  • I work between 4-6 hours/day. Plus 30 minutes to and from work.
  • I sleep for 7 hours/night.
  • I don’t have kids but I do have a dog who I walk for about 2 hours/day.
  • I usually don’t spend much time making extravagant meals so say 30 minutes/day.

Lets add these numbers up.

6,5+7+2+0.5=16

This means I have 8 hours of free time when I can do whatever I want. Some of that time will probably go to playing with my dog, various boring household chores, and things as trivial as personal hygien and updating my bullet journal. But even so I’ll have at least 4 hours left to spend writing.

I know I’m in a very privileged situation. Most people work for 8 hours and have kids and a family on top of that and will consequently have significantly less time over. I just wanted to show how you can calculate your time and find those extra hours each day.

It might also be an idea to schedule your day if you don’t already do that. Say hello to those vertical schedules everyone had to deal with at school and fill in your days tasks and responsibilities. This way you can easily locate when you have a free hour. Maybe your only free bit of time is on your lunch break or when your kids having a nap or maybe you’re lucky and have an entire free afternoon every Thursday.

I’m not saying it will be easy. But it will be easier of you have scheduled time to write. Even if all you can manage is half an hour before bed that’s way better than giving up on your dream.