For those who’ve done NaNo before know what to expect, one would hope. We know about the long days and late nights. We’ve tripped over piles of laundry and children’s toys. We’ve even ignored the ever growing stacks of dirty dishes and takeout containers.
Then, around Thanksgiving weekend as we near the ultimate count of 50,000 words, we somehow wake up and realize that the year-end holidays are just days away and everything at home is chaos!
For those of you who’ve never done NaNo, please – learn from us! Today’s Throwdown Challenge is to create yourself a NaNo Survival Plan.
- Stock up on paper products. You know, things like toilet paper.
- Stock up on food and other staple items. Don’t forget snacks and caffeine for yourself
- Enlist help around the house for daily chores, such as feed/walk/water the dog, take out the garbage.
- Make ahead as many meals as you can for the month or stock up on quick prep (as in self-prep) meals for the family.
- Clear your calendar as much as possible.
- Plan something fun and enjoyable for December 1 for your supporters – people like the spouse kept the kids safe and fed or the sister who brought you takeout and walked your dog.
NaNoWriMo is one of the most exhilarating rides you’ll take as a writer. There is something making your writing such a high priority that you set aside all of your available time to do nothing but focus on your novel. Enjoy the experience!