Preparing for NaNoWriMo – Step 6 – What’s Going to Help You?

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

By reading these posts, you’re already considering attempting NaNoWriMo — your curiosity, your love of a challenge, your desire to express yourself — these are the kinds of sparks that start this journey.

And with any trip, it’s important to ask oneself about the basics of food, shelter, and support – these can help you through.

Is is it worth having a slow cooker (Crock Pot) handy with a few favorite recipes of easy, gratifying comfort food?  Or is a barrel of Cheetos and flats of Mountain Dew what you need?  Or maybe you’re going to eat out because you won’t have the time to cook, but will need the break away from writing?

Where will you write?  At your kitchen table, in the local library, in your car during your lunch break?  Do you need silence, ear plugs, noise cancellation headsets, a closed door?  Do you need a playlist?  Or is sitting in a coffeehouse among the people and the noise better for you?

What kind of support will you need?  From whom?  NaNoWriMo has local writing gatherings, as well as virtual groups, pep talks, and inspiration on their web site.  If being held accountable by a friend helps, get one into place by November 1st.  Or, if you work best completely on your own, that’s great too.

Support also means supporting yourself.  NaNoWriMo is an opportunity to put something on paper quickly.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  Let go of your self-judgment, simply write.  Grab, grasp for words, keep writing and let the flow of words happen.  As my friend, Kim, says, “The more I write, the more writing comes to me.”

It is a journey.  30 days is a long time.  You’re doing something amazing for yourself.  This is a month where you will learn under which circumstances you write best.


  1. I realized something as I read your blog post today–before I got to the part where I said, oh, look, she’s quoting me, how cool–and that is you’re using these frequent blog posts in advance of NANOWRIMO as your warmup exercises. You’re flexing your writing muscles, approaching the starting line. It’s close now. You’re going to have a running start! Good on you!

    1. Big mahalos, Kim! You’re exactly right. Writing one post was getting too long and intertwined. Writing several posts made it easier to section off the content and get my head around the importance of each step.

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