It’s October 1st, which means it’s really REALLY countdown time for NaNoWriMo. Chances are if you’re reading this post, you know what NaNoWriMo is, but if you’d like more details, be sure to check out their website.
I’ve never successfully completed NNWM myself; I’ve done my own personal variations here and there, but I genuinely think I’m going to do it. I have a story idea that’s been percolating in my head more and more strongly lately, and being that Sub Rosa will be complete in the next couple of weeks, I think it’s an indication that the timing perfect.
Alinka Rutkowska recently sent out an email about prepping for NNWM, and I found it incredibly helpful (sidenote: I do strongly encourage you to sign up for her emails, and I don’t say that lightly). For me, my own personal failings come down to habit, procrastination and preparation. In other words, I’m going to need to re-set up a writing reminder on my phone (more on a handy app that does it for you later this week), make sitting down and putting my hands on the keyboard easy and accessible and having everything I’m allowed to do in advance finished before November 1st.
One of the resources Alinka included in her email was NaNoWriMo Prep by Kristina Van Hoose: “Kristina put together over 100 tools and resources for planning plotlines, creating characters, developing worlds, and more!” (Description courtesy of Alinka Rutkowska)
To tackle one of my number one barriers, habit, I’m also going to post one tip per day for getting ready for November 1st. I know that sounds incredibly arrogant, considering I’ve never yet finished NNWM, but I’m looking at it as not telling you what to do, but instead sharing what I’m going to be doing. I hope most of the tips will be useful to you whether or not you intend to participate, or even if you are or aren’t a writer.
So today here’s Tip #1!
Make writing easy!
Okay, sounds insulting simple, doesn’t it? If writing were easy, we’d all be professional authors and cashing big checks for doing something we truly love. What I actually mean by this is make the act of writing easily accessible. If you don’t have a designated spot to write, consider creating one. If you don’t have access to a spot you can claim as your own permanent writing space, put together an “on-the-go” kit that you can tote anywhere (library, dining room table, park picnic table) and dive into writing with a minimum of barriers. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just ready for you to sit down and write.
I am lucky enough to have a desk that I could (and should) dedicate to writing, so today I’m going to make it officially TTB HQ, and I’ll share a photo with you when I’m done. I’d love to see your writing spaces, so share a link in the comments or Tweet them to me! If there’s anything you’re intending to do to prep for NaNoWriMo, I want to hear about it too!