The Practical Side Of Nanowrimo

*Hawkeye runs in breathless* 
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Hello fellow writers! I am sorry for the absence of late! There has been much superhero business of late that has kept me busy and away from the writer world. But I'm back, admittedly a few days late (don't tell Coulson).

Seeing as today is the evening of November 2nd, it means that Nanowrimo has been going on for nearly 48 hours! ARE YOU WRITING? Keep it up!! Anyhow, seeing as it is Nanowrimo month, October, as the Cap so well wrapped up) has been all about tips and tricks for Nanowrimo. Outlining, drafting, the team has covered it all. Which leaves nothing for me, except the other side of Nanowrimo that doesn't normally get covered on a writing blog.

I'm going to tell you how to enjoy Nanowrimo and keep you going, while being stressed about word count and ignoring your inner editor. Because if you're not enjoying or taking care of yourself, chances are you aren't going to get much writing done, and whatever does come will be totally crappy. So, time for a crash course in how to have fun.

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First, in the writerly mood, you will need a story that you love, and a sort-of organized plan for how to accomplish it. So see the thoughts of Thor, Coulson, Cappy, Hulk, Stark and Natasha for any tips you may need in that area.

Now onto the fun stuff!


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Second, you're gonna need comfy writing clothes. Maybe you're waking up early in the wee hours to cram in your word count. Maybe you're writing after a long hard day. Well either way, you're going to want sweats or PJ's to don to keep warm. It is the fall you know, the nights will only get colder, unless you're in a country experiencing summer, in that case...don't tell me. Hawkeye is not a winter person. But anyway, having something soft and comforting will help take stress out of your novel writing process as well. A snuggie could also pass this requirement.

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Nanowrimo writing often includes lots of thinking and brainstorming last minute. It includes lots of stress that can be energy draining. So it important to have something on hand to keep you active and hyped up for the next chapter, or two, or three.

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So my third suggestion is to have snack food on hand! Indulge yourself for the month, be it with energy bars, fruit snacks (you know you wish you were a preschooler), chocolate, your favorite soda, anything! If it amps you up to write it's worth it.

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When you think about it, Nanowrimo really does fall at the perfect time of the year. I mean it starts the day after one of the most candy-filled holidays ever! One always tends to complain about the piles of candy left-over, but now you can put it to good use and not feel bad about it as you nail every chapter!

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However, my fourth idea will totally contradict what I just said. Sugar itself will not be the only think you want to keep you up and at 'em. Health is very important to keeping an active brain. So enjoy goodies and extreme sugar doses to get your through the long nights and moments of writers block, but then take time to exercise and be healthy. Throw some veggies into your snack mix. Go for a run, head to the gym. Maybe you're into yoga!

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Whatever you do to keep yourself fit and healthy, find a way to fit it into your increasingly busy schedule. Hit your word count? Celebrate with a victory dance that gets your blood pumping. We don't want you feeling like total crap at the end of the month! We want you feeling great not only from finishing a book, but from also keeping your body happy.

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And last but not least, indulge in some good writing music. Nothing gets you feeling like you can do ANYTHING than a Hans Zimmer, or any movie soundtrack. If you can listen while you write, go for it. If not, turn it on a few minutes beforehand to fill you up with inspiration before you sit and write. Words will come, I promise. Anything from Hans Zimmer to Howard Shore will fit the bill.

So there you have it! Five basic tips to keep your nanowrimo experience top notch. There are so many other ideas though! Find a writing buddy to do word sprints with. Nothing drives creativity like a race for the most words. Compare ideas and brainstorm with other writers. Having friends to encourage you will do wonders on the homestretch!

Whatever it is that encourages you to write, find it and drive head first into the Nanowrimo experience! You got this! See you on the other side.

Hawkeye Out. 

2 comments:

  1. Aw! I liked this post. When I'm really engrossed in writing, I do forget to take breaks or eat or anything else really. So this was a good reminder. Ooo I looove movie soundtracks, and the Inception soundtrack is incredible. At the moment I keep listening to the Now You See Me soundtrack by Brian Tyler.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Mmm... hot cocoa, raspberry tea, regular tea, lemon tea, mint tea... (yes, I drink more tea than hot cocoa; for some reason, it's hard for me to ever finish a mug of hot cocoa...) and the big blue robe/cloak I made for a fantasy costume... it's nice and cosy. ;-)

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