I’ve made it through the first week of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and all is going well. My word count is 13,080, which is on track for meeting the goal of writing 50,000 words by the end of November. It’s a fun challenge, you’ll have the beginnings of a novel, and there’s still time to join if you’d like to give it a go.
I write in the evenings, after an eight-hour job working with a school full of wonderful students. (Hi, Ms. Miro’s Third Grade Class!) I am tired when I get home. How do I keep myself ready, inspired, and energized enough to write at least 1,667 words each evening?
We all have our tools, and here are mine. Collectively they are my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit:
– my seven-year-old Mac iBook G4 laptop
– Scrivener, an excellent word processor for writers
– a picture of a MacBook Air (my dream machine)
– Peanut M&Ms
– lots of water
– lots of Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale
– chocolate-covered coffee beans (reserved for Friday nights)
– packs of Trident chewing gum, peppermint and cinnamon flavored
– 93.7 KDB-FM classical music
– a photo of my son
– a copy of my inspiration verse (Philippians 4:8)
– a recording of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” to play every 10,000 words
– my stair climber for a quick “Wake up!”
– Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Korn
That’s it! Having them close at hand keeps me going like an Energizer bunny each NaNo night.
If you’re taking the NaNo challenge, what’s in your survival kit?