Monday, October 17, 2011

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

So, I think everyone knows that I'm doing National Novel Writing Month this year. Also known as NaNoWriMo. Or, NaNo, because that's a lot of "shift" key to be holding down.


A lot of people don't understand how anyone can write 50,000 words in a month, much less how to do it and NOT get put in a padded cell.
Here is just one of my secrets... My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit.*

This is what is in my NaNo survival kit:

-Hot Water bottle
-The ipad (for when I'm at my grandma's house for thanksgiving but I feel like writing anyway)
-My iPod (Which is a NANO... haahahahaha.)
-Lip balm
-My commonplace notebooks
-My novel plotting notebooks
-The Character Naming Sourcebook
-Pens with ink that don't randomly stop working after a week
-A blanket
-A sweater
-Hot chocolate with coffee in it because I'm too wimpy to just drink coffee
-USB port- both my mushroom one and my regular looking one
-Write or Die
-the OYAN forum, to do more word races
-My phone, so I can time how many words I can write in 5 minutes
-Homework so I have an excuse to be on the computer all day
-Open Office (hopefully it won't freeze up on this computer... xP )
-Stuff to keep my hair out of my face (hopefully I'm getting a haircut before November)
-Hand warmers or gloves or something
-Cool socks
-Hopefully a writing party
-An anti-homeschooler website post so I can get infuriated and then channel my anger into writing (better than caffeine, I'm telling you)
-My phone so I can bug my friends about my book when they really should be doing school
-A book so I can whack my sister if she starts bugging me
-The NaNoWriMo forums so I can get my butt kicked into doing something
-My Writing Buddies
-A hat
-No chores (like THAT will ever happen)
-My GS sweatshirt
-My towel (Don't forget your towel!!!)
-Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure for procrastination
-Homework for procrastination
-Veggies to snack on
-OYAN forum to update people on my book
-Camera (I take pictures of cool places and then use them as scenes in my books)

and...Yep! That's about it!
Of course, when I actually get a laptop, it's going to be easier, but for now... I'm stuck here. :)
(Not complaining. It means no staying-up-until-5-AM-writing. :P )
And, as you can probably tell... I get cold. Really easily. Thus the warm clothing and/or warm beverages.
(Love my hot water bottle.)

*Not for sale
**The only thing I actually need


Anna said...

I wish I could do Nanowrimo! It sounds sooo fun but I'm not old enough to join in. :(

Cat said...

I'm thinking about doing NanoWriMo this year or next year, so this is really helpful! :D

Angela said...

@Cat: I'm glad I could help! :D

@Anna: have you checked out the Young Writer's program? The link is here, and it's for anyone under 17. You can also set your own word limits, so say you aren't a super prolific author, you can say, "My goal for this month is 6,000 words." And it'll let you do that.
As far as I can tell, you just have to be 13 to do the "Grown Up" NaNo, but if you're under that and you still want to write 50,000 words, I think you can probably set that as your word goal on the YWP... Just a thought. :)
Thanks for commenting, everyone!

Charissa said...

I was about to do that staying-up-until-five-AM-writing thing when I read your post. (And NaNo hasn't even started yet...) You just reminded me not to (because I have to get up at 6:30), so thank you so much. :D

Love the list! (Adds everything to the outfitting list for her Writer's Den.)

Miri said...

*giggling* I absolutely LOVED that list, Angela! :D