Phew, so! Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. What are you doing to prepare? I especially feel that scramble, what with the fact that we are moving into a new house starting the 27th. I have to manage to get everything moved, the internet properly hooked up, my work station back in order, my room near and organized… and everything else that comes with a new house completed BEFORE the beginning of July. Throw into that the fact that I need to get at least an equal amount of words written for work as I do NaNo, the fact that it’s my Birthday month (whee!) and that I’m going to be going to a concert for the first time?
That makes for one pretty complicated month.
I think that’s why I scaled my word count back to a rather conservative 20,000 (though I’m thinking of upping it to 25,000). I figured that I could get that many words done on my novel alone, then I could get another 20,000 done for work. Technically I’ll have a total word count to do of at least 40,000 for the month! I’m only hoping that the chaos of what is going on in my life isn’t going to stop me from doing NaNo… it’s something that I really enjoy!
So, what do you do to prepare for NaNo? For me, I have a bit of a checklist.
First of all, idea plotted out on Scrivener, at least in part! Check!
Notebooks, fresh clean paper, charged laptop, pens! Pens! Highlighters! Check!
The ability to stay off of the internet for at least 2 hours a day to write. Ummm, I’ll get back to that later >_>.
Candy. CHECK! Minicandybarsaremylove.
LOTS of Coffee! That’s a huge check! I have my Keurig stocked with Frappe mixes and ready to go.
And last but not least… creativity, drive, CHECK!! The ready and willing anticipation that NaNoWriMo brings me. There is something so exciting about having a word goal, a group of friends to write with. I’m planning on doing word wars and actually starting a Vlog for Camp! I’m super excited… and even more excited for November when the real and official NaNoWriMo takes place again!
I think the excitement and eagerness to get the month started is one of the most important things. Something that gets you that pumped about writing is always an amazing thing, after all! So, if you have your coffee and your anxiousness to begin writing ready, who wants to come to camp with me?
Until then – let me know what YOU do to prepare for NaNoWriMo!
Keep reading and writing, y’all!
Author Amanda McCormick