I know it’s only September, but I’m seriously excited about NaNoWriMo. It’s never too early to start planning, right? I actually decided on my novel idea last month. Even more shocking, I’m still in love with the idea. I’m a planner but not usually that much of a planner.
While we’re talking about planning, what’s in your NaNoWriMo survival kit? Are you loading up on tea or coffee? Keeping a lucky notebook on hand? prefer a certain writing program? Share your must-haves for November in the comments! Here’s my list this year:
- Notebooks. Because one can never have too many
- Pentel RSVP fine point pen with violet ink (what? isn’t everyone that picky about their pens?)
- Laptop. How did people survive before they could edit their work without re-typing everything?
- Sticky notes. I no longer outline without them
- An outline (or the beginnings of one) written on said sticky-notes and affixed to the bedroom wall
- Lindt and/or Ghirardelli Chocolate
- Character sketches. An essential part of NaNoWriMo prep
- Notes on novel setting, including history, politics, foods, religion, etc.
- Medieval Names Archives. The go-to place for your fantasy and historical fiction naming needs
- Immune-boosting essential oils to reduce risk of illness from lack of sleep
- For this particular story, Folger editions of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part One, Henry IV Part Two, and Henry V
- NaNoWriMo.org. For pep-talks, word-count tracking, accountability, and procrastination on the forums
- Music. Usually I plan the music to the feel of the story. Not quite sure what I’ll go with this year
- Lapdesk and pillows for writing sessions in bed
- Flash drives (two of them) and GoogleDrive for backups
- Pinterest board to collect inspiration. I’ve already started mine: