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NaNoWriMo Survival Kit


Everything you may need when writing your NaNo novel…

Notebook. If you decide to hand-write, you’ll need plenty of paper.

Pens/Pencils. Pens are good for hand-writing. Pencils are good for taking notes.

Highlighters. To remember the important stuff. Make sure you use a lot of colors because… Why not?

Post-It Notes. For note taking if you don’t like index cards.

Index Cards. For note taking if you don’t like post-it notes.

Baby Name Book. In case a brand new character appears when you least expect it.

Snack. Writers need to eat, too. Just make sure it doesn’t get all over your fingers or makes a mess on your paper or keyboard!

Drink. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water… Whatever helps you stay focused.

Music. If you need some background noise.

Laptop. Of course you’ll need your laptop to type your novel. At the end of the month, you’ll need that and a good internet connection to validate your novel.

What do you have in your NaNo tool kit?

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, feel free to add me as a writing buddy: Fiery_Sapphire.

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

52 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

  1. When at all possible, I don’t write anything by hand. It works better to type at 90 wpm. 🙂

    People who hand write need support, too, and are often overlooked. It’s great to see that different writing styles are not left out or forgotten.

    Baby name books are a great idea, and there are several places in the internet where you can find lists of baby names (if you don’t want to spring for the cost of a book).

    1. Yes, that’s right. I had planned to handwrite this year, but decided against it. Typing is quicker and my schedule is too busy. Someday I would like to give it a shot for NaNo, though.
      I bought that baby name book a few years ago so it’s not “up to date” but still works. I have plenty of website resources as well.
      Good luck with NaNo!

      1. Thanks. I wish you the best of luck. But as you and I both know, luck is spelled h-a-r-d-w-o-r-k . Writing really doesn’t seem like work, though. It’s just so much fun.

        But editing? 😦

      2. No, writing is fun not work. 😉
        I used to hate editing, but I don’t mind it as much. I think I’ve learned more on how to edit so it’s not that bad now.

  2. I type most of my stuff, but I do have a notebook for hand writing when I first start. It helps me connect with the story. Also, if I am at work and get an idea I can usually write on my breaks.

    1. Different colors is a good idea! I usually have different colored highlighters for different notes. I use different colored post-it notes because it looks pretty, lol.

  3. The idea of handwriting NaNoWriMo may seem ludicrous to some by my writer’s group Authors Promo Co-Op did an informal survey and found a surprising number of writers hand write their first drafts and enter them into their computer later. This was a surprise to me because I couldn’t wait for the technology to bypass endless manuscripts, handwriting, typewriter, typewriter, cut and paste, cut and paste, xerox….

    1. You know, handwriting is slower. However, I do think it would be better in the long run. As you type up the handwritten draft, you edit as you go along. So you’re basically typing a second draft and end up ahead of the game that way.
      I have yet to hand write a novel, but I do hope to do so someday. 🙂

      1. Thank you so much I really appreciate it. I keep on working on my profile as I type info in it disappears! Good thing I’m the queen of copy and paste. 😉

    1. That’s funny!
      I’m not really a chocolate girl. I like salty snacks best. I try not to eat while writing because the snacks I eat tend to get all over my fingers and make a mess (like cheese curls, doritoes, etc).

      1. Salty is good too.

        I probably eat too much while I’m writing. Unless there’s no candy in the house, then I just throw myself a mini-dance party every hour or two to keep the energy up. 🙂

        … I have just realized, that perhaps not all writers think of writing as an activity that requires high energy.

  4. Since I’m running with so many projects this year, I think I’ll hand-write one and type the other. One I’ve started typing, so I’ll continue it that way. The other I haven’t started on, so I think I’ll be hand-writing that one. Just to make things interesting. 😉

  5. Well I have been trying to decide if I should join but then just signed up about an hour ago! Yay!
    And yes, I write some notes in a notebook and I like to use different colours too, and I’ll have all sorts of things in there, not just words 😉
    But mostly I just type on my laptop.

    1. That’s awesome! I’m Fiery_Sapphire on there, if you want to add me as a writing buddy. 🙂
      I type on my laptop, as well. Though I do enjoy handwriting from time to time.
      Good luck with NaNo!

  6. My toolkit is a notebook, pen, highlighters (yes to all the colors!) and water. Omg so much water. I always chew my lips when I get in the zone, and water helps stop. Plus it’s good for you. It’s freaking water. ^_^

      1. Omg yes. I’m the worst about it. I bite the inside of my cheeks and rip the skin off my lips. I’m actually doing it right now. It drives me crazy hahahh, but it’s my nervous/bored habit, so I hardly ever realize I’m doing it until it’s too late. >.<

      2. Nooo. I also have a pair of molars that, ever since I got my wisdom teeth removed, like to catch the inside of my cheek at the very back and I have to blow my cheeks out to get the skin un-stuck.

        Yup. My mouth sucks haha.

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