NaNo2016 – FINAL COUNTDOWN

OH MY GOODNESS FOLKS IT’S FOUR DAYS UNTIL GO TIME!!!

The following post is of things you don’t think about as NaNoWriMo prep. You may be wondering why I went ahead and held off on this post until the last Friday of October. The reason is this: If you’re afraid of what you’re getting into with NaNoWriMo, you’ll do ALL of this first thing in October, and then you’ll end up having to do it again. Which entirely negates the doing of these things in the first place.

You’ll do them out of the great skill known as writer’s procrastination – and TRUST ME, we all have it. But, if you get your actual NaNo prep out of the way early in the month, and then use the last 4 or 5 days to do these tasks, you’ll have taken a short break from NaNo stuff, de-stressed a little bit and you’ll be ready to go with the big task of 1,667 words on day one.

Have you gotten your meals planned for the bulk of the month? And possibly prepped? MLHGL is going to be making a ton of ready to go oatmeals for her to have on hand, and she’s going to be stocked up on easy to fix foods like rice and possibly a couple of things to go into the crock pot for longer periods of meals prepped in advance.

All your laundry done? MLHGL plans to make sure she gets her laundry done as close to NaNoWriMo as possible (probably in the evening or night of the 30th) – that way she doesn’t have to worry about it for a couple of weeks. (Thank everything that’s holy that she has a veritable army of comfy tees and towels and washcloths and undergarments. She has counted once, and can go about three weeks without washing those things….)

Dishes washed? MLHGL is pleased to report that all of her dishes will be loaded into the dishwasher on the night of the 30th (whether they need to be washed or not), washed, pulled out and put away, and then the dishwasher prepped for the next round. (She also lives alone, so the 16 cutlery sets, and like 12 bowls and 8 plates and 8 saucers and the army of drinking cups are all hers to use….)

Floors cleaned? This is a multi step process for MLHGL. She has to vacuum the kitchen before she can mop it. (And vacuum every inch of carpet at least twice.) She has cats, and they (for some odd reason) shed worse than the dogs she’s had in the past.

Pet things situated? Like cleaning the litter box? Pet bedding? New, non-aggravating toy acquired for the dog to play with? (MLHGL is also going to completely switch out her litter box and make sure it’s brand new smelling fresh and clean on the 30th of october.)

Bed Sheets Changed? Trust in your MLHGL, this is a perk you aren’t going to think is a perk until you’ve done it. Change them as close to Nov 1 as you can get away with.

If you have them, children ready to do what they need to, to help keep you sane? (minor housekeeping tasks, minor food prep tasks? Incentives to make them do the things?) I would hope spouses or SO’s might consider being more helpful, without needing incentive.

Index cards listing some IOUs for the folks in your house with you? (suggestions: take out the trash trade off, doing the dishes trade off, going grocery shopping, fixing meals, etc. Back rubs, or distracting children, or outings are also good ones.)

MLHGL made a mistake!

And I let a blog post go out that was only 70% done. I’M SO SORRY.

Which post? The one about IDENTIFYING WRIMOS.

What did I forget? I forgot to tell you how to identify MLkitkatt.

How did I forget? Because I thought kitkatt might change her identifier, and on one hand I was right, but at the same time I was also wrong. And I didn’t put any info in the box as a placeholder.  And when she told me what to tell you, the newcomer, to use to identify her, I didn’t immediately go and update the information.

So, HOW TO IDENTIFY MLHGL and MLkitkatt?

MLHGL: really dark hair with a chunk of blue at her forehead. Red mouse, nano stickers on her laptop. *does not* have her face as her nano avatar.
MLkitkatt: Blue hibiscus flower tattoo’d on her right wrist. Usually has her face as her nano avatar.

NaNo2016 – Reverse NaNoWriMo

So, last year MLHGL suggested that she was going to try for REVERSE NANO.

Quick update: She failed, and badly.

This year, she wants to try it again (this is how she keeps doing NaNoWriMo, after 5 original years of failure – she started winning and by all that’s holy she intends to maintain an unbroken streak of wins until she just can’t anymore). In case you’ve forgotten what it is (or plan just don’t know), here’s a quick rundown:

REVERSE NANOWRIMO
A method of writing that encompasses writing more words in the beginning of the month, starting with a higher word count and slowly working one’s way down to a required word count of 1 on the last day. It’s sort of a way for the Americans to handle thanksgiving, by building up massive word count early in the month and allowing them to only need shorter and shorter windows for writing thru the holiday that kicks off the major holiday season.

 

One thing to know: You’re going to have to click through the read more link for the collection of daily word counts (someone else math’d it out long ago, and I haven’t seen them online in a couple of years, for which I am sad). This need to click thru the read more link is because well, it’s a BIG list of word counts broken down into 7 day segments.

Read more “NaNo2016 – Reverse NaNoWriMo”

Writing totems aka IDENTIFYING THE WRIMOS

This one is mostly for the newcomers! (If you’ve been around for at least a year, you’ve probably met at least one of the MLs and can pick them out of a crowd.)

But, if you’re new…. How do you identify the huddle of NaNoWriMo participants?

Generally, there’s a laptop for every person present. Occasionally, there might be one or two who don’t have one. A few participants have NaNoWriMo stickers on the lids of their laptops. (MLHGL is one, there are a few other WriMos who stick stickers on everything.)

MLHGL also has the great fun of having a chunk of blue in her hair, a bright red mouse and stickers on her laptop. (There’s a good chance of plush penguins too.)

MLkitkatt  ((((( HGL MADE A MISTAKE. OOPS )))))

Help! I can’t find a time/place to write

This is a thing that a lot of people have trouble with every year.

Finding either the time, or a good place, to write.

Both MLkitkatt and MLHGL have been blessed for sometime with having a job that allows them to have their laptops and write while they’re at work. Most stay at home parents already have a good idea of when their “downtime” is and adjust accordingly.

But what about students and people with full time jobs?
.     When MLHGL had a job that didn’t allow her the opportunity to write while she was at work, she would sit down for an hour or two immediately after work and write. Challenge yourself to X amount of words in a 15 min block. (MLHGL’s personal goal is 500 words/15 min. There are those who shoot for 1k30min, but MLHGL’s wrists do not like that idea.)

Writing in small blocks with “small” word count goals will help you break it down and get it done. In the 500 words/15 minute word sprint blocks, it only takes a little over 3 blocks of time to get the official daily word count goal. That’s only 45 min a day. (trust MLHGL, you will get better at typing, and you will get faster, and eventually, you will be able to train your brain into more than 500 words per 15 min.)

Or, just join in some word sprints. Twitter offers an official nano sprints account, and there are a couple of other accounts that do word sprints throughout the nano season. (They also stay active throughout the year.)

Word crawls are also very good word count boosters, and MLHGL is currently planning to write at least one for every Star Trek, and a few that are just general space themes. (feel free to ask her to message you with links)

One thing to remember though, is that thru NaNoWriMo, you can be selfish with the time you set aside to write in. Tell everyone that you’re doing NaNoWriMo, and that when you’re focused, (and maybe have headphones in), that you don’t want to be bothered. Not because you don’t love them (or want them to starve…) – but because you’ve challenged yourself to write a book, and you’ve only got a month to do it in.