Nanowrimo Prep Tip 5: The last minute stuff.
The last few days before something big are always crunch time. But try try try to get everything done before the 31st. What you really need the day before a big event like this is to relax and have some fun. Dress up, go tricker treating, watch a scary movie... Whatever you need to have a fun relaxing night. Nanowrimo is big, so do what you need to feel ready but also enjoy yourself and relax the day before!!!
For those who like checklists I created a Nanowrimo checklist to make sure you are ready. Today the 30th is a good day to look at it and make sure you're ready. I have the link here below for you.
Here is my Nanowrimo Checklist! THE CHECKLIST!
I hope that you find it super helpful.
Last minute advice:
1. Meal planning the month of November is always helpful. Just jot down what you think you'll want to eat everyday. Make a shopping list and get it done here at the beginning so you don't have to worry about it much during the month. That might save you a few minutes. You can always mix your plans up later if you need, but at least you will already have everything in your pantry.
2. RELAX! Take a bubble bath, watch one of your favorite movies, read one of your favorite books. Take some time to just breathe. Have fun with your family. Don't think about Nanowrimo for a day. You'll thank yourself about day 15 for taking this time.
3. Halloween is my favorite holiday so I will always say have fun with it and forget about Nanowrimo for the day but not everyone is as psyched about Halloween as I am but regardless. Do a thing or two for Nanowrimo prep if you need to on the 31st but otherwise have fun that day. The Hard work starts the next day so enjoy that time.
4. Figure out when you think you'll be able to get your word count in. That might be morning, lunch, scattered throughout the day, the evening... Figure your plan A then figure out your plan B. Lets say your plan A is to write in the morning but say one day you don't feel the best so you don't get up. When is your Plan B writing time. Getting behind on the word count isn't the end of the world but miss a few days and it can be hard to catch up. Plan B might save you that stress!
5. Keep it fun!!! Don't think of this as a hard thing. Be excited. Have fun music picked out. Remember your rewards. If for example you earn a chocolate bar at 5,000 words post a note about it and glance at it until you earn it! Laugh at yourself, keep things light and fun.
6. If feeling discouraged write yourself a motivational note, listen to a motivational speech or song, or go for a refreshing walk.
Just remember— YOU CAN DO IT! YOU WILL DO IT! YOU ARE AWESOME no matter what!
So many people are disappointed if they don't hit the 50,000 words but guess what... its okay if you don't! What? Did I really say that? YES I did. Even if you don't hit it, you might have written more than you have in a long time and that is a win. EVERY word you write in November is a win!!!! So DO IT!! It's going to be amazing! You CAN DO IT! I'm cheering for you! I hope you'll cheer for me too!
We will rock November and our books!!!
Don't forget your checklist!
As always thanks for reading, Happy writing and good luck!
Cassie M. Shiels
Cassie M. Shiels.