If you think that NaNoWriMo is an easy task, then you are either a superhero or you have never attempted NaNoWriMo. If you’re a superhero, then why are you reading this post? Go back to saving the world or what ever you do. If you’ve never attempted NaNoWriMo, then you should try it this November. But if you’re like me, you are not a superhero and whether you’ve attempted NaNo before or not, you understand that it is truly a challenge. That’s why you need a NaNoWriMo Survival Kit. Here are some components that I suggest including in your kit:
- Your laptop, tablet, computer, etc. : If you like to type your stories then this is obviously a key necessity for NaNo. Even if you don’t like to type your first draft, you’ll still need your laptop for research purposes.
- A notebook…or many notebooks : There are so many ways that you can use a notebook during NaNo. You can journal your word count or writing experience, write down notes or bits of research, outline your story, draft parts of your story, or even doodle when you’re stuck.
- Awesome writing utensils: The key word here is awesome. That means that you better break out the colorful highlighters, sparkly gel pens, markers, brand new crayons, mechanical pencils, and anything else that floats your boat. If you love what you write with, you’ll enjoy writing that much better.
- Index cards, post-it notes, labels, etc. : When you’re in the heat of drafting during NaNo, you often won’t have time to rummage around on your desk to find a place to write notes. That’s why it’s useful to have index cards, labels and colored post-it notes handy. Try posting your notes on the wall of your workspace. It looks pretty and it’s useful.
- A beverage: You’ll need two beverages: water and another of your favorites. I personally LOVE hot chocolate. Other people like coffee. If you’re in doubt, go for hot chocolate. It’s so underrated.
- Fuel: Um, hello? Today is Halloween. You’re going trick-or-treating. You’re getting candy. Just keep a stash of your Halloween booty near your desk to use as a reward for writing.
- An inspiration board: An inspiration board is perfect for when you are stuck. You can put so many things on a board like this, including pictures of your characters or your setting, a mock book cover, mock book reviews, inspirational quotes or a list of things you love about your story.
Good luck with NaNoWriMo, everyone! What other things will you add to your NaNo survival kit?