6 Survival Tips to Prep for NaNoWriMo

Are you ready to prep for NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo is nearly here and with the holidays buzzing in the air I can understand why preparing for the month of November is in the back of everyone’s mind.

Have you always wanted to write a novel but don’t know how, or needed the motivation to do so? Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) begins November 1st and these 6 survival tips are your key to success. You cannot live without #6. It’s a game changer. Click to read.

For those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is or where it came from, NaNoWriMo began in 1999 with a group of 20-somethings who wanted to find a way to creatively write their novels. It’s an annual event beginning on November 1st. Participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th.

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For those who are participating, or if this is something you might want to do, these 6 survival tips will help you prep for NaNoWriMo. With this preparation, you will be able to rock your writing the month of November.

6 Survival Tips to Prep for Nanowrimo

1. Freezer Meals

Stock up on as many freezer meals as you can the week prior to the start of November. Whether you choose to make your own meals or buy a ton of store-bought frozen ones, this is up to you. I personally prefer homemade food, but I understand time constraints. Having these freezer meals will help keep your creative juices flowing as you write so you can spend more time writing and less time in the kitchen.

2. Water, Juice, Soda

You will want to stock up on adequate water, juices, or soda depending on your drinking preference. The purpose of building up a reserve of food and drink is so you can focus on your writing and keep yourself less occupied with other tasks.

3. Clean Office

If you’re unable to go to one of NaNoWriMo’s in-house library locations and choose to write from home, decide ahead of time where your writing space will be and the timeframe that your writing will be done. Find a location in your home where you feel the most comfortable, productive, and creative.

You will want to prepare and clean this space prior to November so you can prep for NaNoWriMo without having to worry about finding XYZ to help in your writing process. The more prepared you are now the more successful you’ll be in the future.

4. Clean House

You will want to do a quick run-through of your home and do some basic cleaning. You don’t have to deep clean or hire a maid, but list the rooms where you visit the most. After you make the list you will want to go through each of those rooms and do a quick tidy-up clean.

This serves a two-fold purpose, one, you won’t have to worry about a dirty house during the first part of November. Second, this will make life a lot easier for you when you take a break to celebrate Thanksgiving.

5. Creative Juices Flowing

Start brainstorming ideas for characters, plots, and settings for different novels you would like to write. When your ideas come, write them down in your notebook or quickly type them into your phone. If you start thinking about NaNoWriMo now, you’ll be ready to write sooner.

6. Must-Haves for Day 1

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, or even a term paper, I LOVE LOVE LOVE a program called, Grammarly. Currently, they are offering a free one-week trial of their Premium program and yes, they have a basic free program. All you need is your name and email address.

Grammarly is a program that will edit your paper as you write. After you’re done writing your novel, I still recommend a professional editor, but Grammarly will help you prepare your paper to look as polished and professional as possible on your own.

To find out more about Grammarly please click HERE.

If you’re like me and you need to read as much as possible about something before jumping in with both feet, I recommend the following ebooks/books:

“No Plot? No Problem!” is authored by the Nanowrimo founder, Chris Baty. His book walks you through writing a novel in 30-days.

“NoNoWriMo: A Cheater’s Guide” by Laura Roberts is a quick read help guide for those who want to write faster and better. Roberts holds your hand through the tips, tricks, and hacks to successfully write.

Other things you might need, include:

Spiral Notebooks. I am a huge fan of writing things on paper, doing mind maps, outlines, character lists and plot summaries where I can visually see them at a glance.

Laptop. If you have a laptop all ready to use, great. If you’re thinking of getting a separate “working” laptop for just your writing projects, then consider something simple to start. You can always transfer files at a later date as your writing career moves forward.

Cozy blankets or slippers (or both). For those who love to be snuggled up in cozy things as they write.

To find out more about Nanowrimo, or to sign up, please click HERE. To find a nearby location participating in this event please click HERE. Let us know in the comments if you’re going to participate in NaNoWriMo and what you’re doing to prep for NaNoWriMo.

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