1) Figure out what you are going to write about. You must have some idea.
2) If you are going to continue a work in progress (against the rules but who cares), it might be good to revise what you already have and if you feel that may take too much time, just at least read over what you already have so you’ll know from where you need to start on Nov 1.
3) Make a grocery list of one-handed foods and snacks so you can write while you eat. We live on granola bars around here. Any kind of snack bar, nabs/crackers are good, nuts, any sort of quickie snacks that can aid the rumbly in your tumbly without having to really get up and go fix something. Keep a ziplog bag or shoebox full of these snacks at your desk or wherever it is that you write. If you are a coffee drinker, or tea, or wine, or whatever, make sure you are stocked up. I am all three plus maybe a glass of chocolate milk on the side sometimes. ;) Make casseroles on Halloween. Make stew or big batches of hearty soup. Put servings of these in containers for your family, so they can heat up themselves and eat and you can do the same. Put some of these servings in the freezer so there’s plenty of food for the next 30 days. This way, you can spend your time working and writing, rather than cooking and cleaning.
4) Put your loving, caring family members to work cleaning the kitchen. There’s nothing wrong with enlisting the help of your family members to take on more responsibility during the month of November. Granted, Thanksgiving may be a bit different. Ugh!
5) Make a writing schedule. So much to do in November! Trying out different recipes so you’ll know for sure what you want to fix on the big day, cooking for the big day, cleaning for the big day, NaNoWriMo, work for pay, all the extra groceries you need to buy for Nano and for Thanksgiving, buying a fresh Christmas tree, decorating said tree, prepping for Christmas decor, digging out all those decorations and music and movies, etc. for the Christmas season, and all of the other 101 projects we each have going on in our lives. Make a small snippet of time to actually do your writing. Whether it be carving out 2 hours (or however long it takes you to write 2,000 words in a day) from 2 to 4am or from midnight till 2am, get it done. If it’s important to you, you’ll make the time.
6) If you know what you’re writing, go ahead and sketch out some idea of an outline, characters, plotting, twists, turns, chaos, all the ins and outs of what you want to go into your story. Or, if you are a pantser (I’m a little bit of both but mostly a pantser when it comes to writing), just fly by the seat of your pants. Soar on the wings that carry you through. It’s pretty fun and free to write like this.
7) Finally, and most importantly, get ready to free your imagination. Set your imagination on the breeze and let it carry you to wherever it may go.
8) Just be sure to write roughly 2,000 words per day from Nov 1 through Nov 30. That way, you’ll finish a little bit ahead of time and you don’t have to stress about the deadline.
Did I leave anything out? I’ll be checking in from time to time between work, Nano and my new Meaning of Lifers project. Gotta check in and see how y’all are doing! Not sure when writing mates is open. I know at camp, they have cabins and you can add friends to your cabin and chat about writing and just chat about anything. Great way to make new friends!!! I still talk to a couple of those friends on Facebook. Anywho, if anyone has anything to add or wants to share their lists for getting ready for Nano, give me a shout out and I’ll link you and/or just comment me below.
Y’all have a groovilicious day, have a fun and productive weekend or just chill and I’ll talk to you soon. Love ya! Be well! *smooch*