Preparing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2021

Preparing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2021

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It is time to prepare for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) yet again! Happy Preptober. How is it going for you? Is this your first time joining NaNoWriMo? Going into my second year of NaNoWriMo I will certainly be doing things differently this year.

What is NaNoWriMo? It is a writing challenge to write a 50K word novel in 30 days during the month of November.


It. is. a. challenge.

My first year, I didn’t commit to winning NaNoWriMo, but just committed to experiencing it. Unless you are a seasoned writer, it may be wise to consider this approach if it is your first time around.

However- the second time around, here are some ways that I am preparing in order to WIN NaNoWriMo 2021:

Sleep Cycle
Knowing full well that there are going to be early mornings and late nights around my daily schedule, I am getting my sleep cycle right BEFORE NaNoWriMo begins. This means building the early to bed, early to rise habit at least a week before November 1st. 

Immune System
Again, health is HUGE. Our body is meant to sustain us and be part of the journey. Our creative projects become much more sustainable long term if we put body first. In the weeks leading up to NaNoWriMo I take elderberry syrup daily and other supportive supplements alongside nutrition. 

Meal Planning
Planning out 30 days of meals is a lot. Especially with a family. What I have been able to do sustainably is grocery shop 1-2 times per week with my simple meal planner. It does certainly have the space to plan out 4 weeks in advance, however the grocery cart may fill up too quickly in that case! Otherwise, having a few days to prep and freeze meals ahead of November 1 can also give you more time (even if it’s just an extra 30 minutes a day) during NaNoWriMo.

Making Playlists
One of the “triggers” or entry points that I use to get into my creative flow states is creating specific playlists for a specific atmosphere or mood that I want to bring to the work I’m doing. For a novel, it can be helpful to build a soundtrack of sorts so that you can really get into the character’s experience of the story. 

Setting Up Scrivener
OK- I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed with Scrivener. After listening to Abbie Emmons for hours, she encouraged Scrivener so much and I didn’t think it was that magical at first. But it truly is. If you can afford the investment, Scrivener can really help you get organized and see the bigger picture while working on the finer details. 

Stocking Up on Favorites
During the next few weeks I’ll be stocking up on my favorite things that make me feel more like me. This includes dark roast coffee, coconut water, reiki infused candles, and sketching out a bunch of watercolor paintings so that I can easily transition out of my primary creative flow state into a secondary creative flow state. Make a list of your favorite things so they’re there for you even if you may not need them. 

Finding Community
While NaNoWriMo is very much a solitary journey for a writer, there are some amazing writing communities out there. You can often find these communities in Facebook groups, Patreon, NaNoWriMo website, and YouTube live streams.

Blue Light Blockers
With long hours of writing comes long hours of looking at a screen and experiencing blue light exposure. There are a couple things I have personally done to support my eye and brain health for these long periods of time. Firstly, I invested in a pair of blue light blocking glasses. Secondly, I use Iris to adjust the color of my screen. 

Unblocking Creative Energy
Although I regularly meditate to unblock my creative energy, I am going even deeper in November and using a 21 Day challenge in tandem with NaNoWriMo to keep my creative energy flowing. Join the 21 Day Meditate to Create Challenge and work smarter, not harder. When you sign up for the challenge you also get a workbook to Unlock Your Creative Power. 

This preparation doesn’t just stop at day 1 of NaNoWriMo; it carries all the way through and beyond. Because what comes after writing these next 50K words? Weeks of editing, marketing, and launching the book.

Best of luck to you creative soul!

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