Camp NaNo will be here in 5 (eek!) short days. This means that all the crazy writers who are participating this camp are rushing around to get ready. If you’re like me, you are starting to plan out your novel. You’re nailing down a few ideas so you at least have some idea where you’re headed this July.
Or if you were smart, you didn’t procrastinate and are already neck deep in character profiles and scene ideas. Or…you are planning on winging it and are just nervously excited for July 1!
Whatever the option, you’re going to need some essentials for the upcoming month filled with late-night writing adventures.
(side note: isn’t the Camp NaNo button super cute?)
So why do you need a writing survival kit? First, having to “pack” for camp will complete the whole virtual camp experience (plus, camp gives you an excuse to splurge on chocolate and sweets). Second, whether you’re writing 100 pages or 300 pages or 30 pages, there are going to be slow moments when you need a boost. Those moments are when the kit comes in.
You should pack whatever gives you a quick boost: chocolate bars, expresso, a special smooth-writing colored pen, a fuzzy blanket, a flavored water, etc.
Pack what makes you happy.
One tip: ration yourself on the sweets. I may or may not have consumed all my chocolate by July 3 my first NaNo…whoops.
I’m not a coffee person (although I often wished I was when desperate for coffee after working the opening shift at work). BUT I’m definitely stocking up on earl grey tea and chocolate milk. That’ll do.
My fluffy green blanket is also a must-pack item. There’s nothing like curling up in bed with the blanket and the laptop to write – both blog posts and novels!
ALSO awesome pens and paper to scratch down random ideas. And plot template worksheets. I’ve been using this one and this one so far. They’re great for keeping up with what’s happening where and when in R+B.
Since I created the town setting for this story, it’s super helpful to know where the general store is and what the terrain is walking from Ruth’s house to the post office, and so on.
I’ve been plotting my novel using the “Snowflake Method” and the “Zero Draft” method. You can catch up on how I use the two in this post from the beginning of the year. I keep the overview of the “Snowflake Method” in my bookmarks in case I need to redo an outline halfway through.
A couple other digital resources I always keep handy: writing crawls! Not sure what writing crawls? Check out this post here to remind yourself. My favorite ones from the NaNoWriMo website are the Extreme Harry Potter Crawl and the Walking Dead Crawl.