Preparing yourself for NaNoWriMo

It is almost upon us, and I thought this would be a good post to write, cause heck you can’t be over-prepared for NaNo.

This list is non-story related, because I realised sometimes story wise it’s better to go in unprepared and do it that way!

  1. Make sure all your friends and family are warned and they are prepared for the fact that during the course of the month you may turn into a raving lunatic or at the very least a muttering loon who is constantly talking to themselves about plot timelines and characters who refuse to die.
  2. Comfort food and easily prepared food, because your some sort of superman there are going to be days where you are trying to catch up, and no one can be doing with making something for scratch on those days. Comfort food, because well we all know that there will come a time in the month where we hate our characters and begin to doubt our abilities.
  3. A support system or buddies, people who get what you’re going through, what you want to happen or at least are going to push you the extra mile when you get completely stuck. Also having people who are doing NaNo is really helpful when you sincerely want to kill everyone and everything in your story – they talk you out of it and you get to return the favour.
  4. Self-motivation. Doesn’t really need an explanation. You need to get yourself up and writing and make sure you hit that word count every day because otherwise you end up like me last year and spend most of the month playing catch up – I BLAME UNIVERSITY FOR MY FAILINGS.
  5. You HAVE to believe in some point of your story, there is no point in trying to write 50,000 words of a story that you don’t believe in, you won’t get very far and even if you do you’re not going to be in any shape to rewrite afterwards.

I don’t pretend to be the be-all-and-end-all on preparing for NaNo because I’ve only done it once before, but these were things I think are obvious yet forgotten!


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