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NaNoWriMo 2016 Survival Kit

So you have committed your to this month of writing manically and you’ve settled on an idea. Now you need to gather supplies; all the things to help you survive this month of madness.

Take Note

During the planning stage you will most likely want to take notes and brainstorm. Even during the writing stage you might be suddenly overcome with inspiration. Buy some notebooks. They don’t have to be anything fancy, even a reporter’s notepad will do. Maybe some sticky notes and different coloured pens… writing will turn you into a stationary junkie.

The Muse of Music

Compile a list of songs that get your emotions going to form the skeleton of your novel’s soundtrack. I swear by a writing soundtrack. As you go you can add to the playlist of make multiple playlists for different types of scenes.


Writing a novel is a long, time consuming process so you’re going to need some sustenance. Personally I love boiled sweets when I’m writing. You may want chocolate bars or pretzels. You may want something healthier like nuts or carrot sticks. Either way, stock up before you begin. There’s nothing worse than the urge to snack during a writing surge to discover you’ve got nothing in. Many a train of thought has been lost in these situations. Be prepared.

Support Network

Let people know what you’re doing. This way your friends won’t think you’ve ditched them for a month, it’ll save a lot of explaining later. It also means when you’re working people will be less inclined to interrupt you, or if you aren’t working they may push you to get back to it.

Once you’ve got all these bases covered you’re ready to get started on the NaNoWriMo journey. It’ll still be a bumpy road but keep your eye on your destination. You’ll have a first draft at the end of it all.