Nevertheless, I haven't had time to plan my novel and NaNo is just about a week away. I came up with an idea in August which I still really like. It actually has a title - and I never give my novels titles normally. It's called Alice's Stuff. Not going to tell you what it's about though ^^. I guess I'll have to do some last minute character motivation planning and subplotting this weekend. Just hope I don't have to study all of Saturday...
Anyway, for those of you who are new to NaNo this year, take it from a veteran (well, I'm not sure that two finished NaNo's make me a veteran, but just roll with it): preparation is everything. Since I haven't had time to prepare at all, I'm going to have to cook a bunch of food this week, cram in some novel planning, spend some time on the NaNo forums, and just get in the mood for the experience. I append a small list of NaNo essentials below, if you are wondering what you might need to prepare until next week. The list includes some of my favourite writing aids. The basic rule, though, is to have a comfortable writing space and have access to food that doesn't require too much cooking time. If you have that, then you're all set. Good luck!
- A detailed plan of your novel (there won't be time to figure out those plot holes during NaNo, believe me)
- NaNoWriMo Report Card 2011 (Excel sheet)
- NaNo for the New and the Insane (free e-book)
- Computer/pen/pencil/notebook - or whatever you prefer to write with
- Scrivener (not free) or Storybook (free)
- Lots of left-over food in the freezer (alternatively microwave meals)
- NaNoWriMo forums
- Your favourite Spotify playlist
- A blanket or two, warm socks and comfortable clothes
- If you're a coffee or tea drinker, I'm sure those are needed too ^^