Tomorrow is the big day! I hope you are all as excited as I am right now. Truth be told, I probably could have started several days ago and been more than prepared. But I am true ‘planner’, and there is always something I could do to help set myself up for success and facilitate winning NaNoWriMo!
In order to make my NaNoWriMo kickoff as stress-free as possible, today is all about organization. That means cleaning off my desk, and leaving only the necessities. Here is all I plan to have on my desk once I am done:
- MacBook charging cable
- Coaster (for my coffee mug of course)
- Water bottle
- Snacks (most important of all)
I also prepped my MacBook desktop for efficiency. I created a folder named ‘Stuff’ and crammed everything from my desktop into it. At the conclusion of Nano I can just empty back out if I choose. I can also access my old desktop by simply opening the folder. All that is on my desktop now is the folder containing my detailed outline, broken down by chapter, and some inspirational content I have saved for the times I need it. Similarly, I pruned the launch bar to remove unnecessary apps and distractions.
Since I have a commitment to not editing my work as I write it, I disabled the ‘check spelling as you type’ options in my word editing software. Editing in the middle not only takes up extra time, it also interrupts the flow of thought. There will be plenty of time to edit your draft in January and February, assisted by NaNoWriMo, so be brave and take the plunge with me! Along with that change, I have already created my empty document for the project, so all I have to do on the 1st is open it up and start typing!
Finally, I built the playlists I anticipate using throughout the month of November. I don’t want to waste any time clicking through my music app trying to find stuff to listen to when I should be writing, so this was definitely a must. I recommend having several hours of music ready to go so you don’t go crazy hearing the same song(s) too often. Bonus points if you set up a ‘radio station’ type of smart playlist like you can find on most modern music apps like Pandora, Amazon Music, Apple Music, etc.
Now that we are ready for the 1st, there is only one thing left to do. I have to break the bad news that I won’t be posting a new article every day through November. Up until now, I have strived to have something new posted every day. With the heavy writing requirement of NaNoWriMo, combined with the freelance writing load I rely on to survive, I am going to reduce the frequency of my blog posts to one every three days. I hope that 1:3 ratio will keep things fresh while also allowing me to focus on work and my project.
I would love to hear your tips on last minute NaNoWriMo preparation. Share them in the comments!