NaNoWriMo Survival Gear

Just over a week away, let’s get down and dirty with NaNoWriMo preparations. Half of your success comes from outlines and such. The other half comes from the gear you’ve got by your side. So here’s your essential list of necessary gear for surviving NaNoWriMo 2013.

1. Candy

Sugar and caffeine is a must. You’re already going to be loopy and tired. Sugar and caffeine will aleviate at least one of those issues.

2. Loose fitting clothing

You’re going to be sitting a long while. Unless you’ve mastered the art of running and writing. Which I bet you haven’t. Sweat pants, sweatshirts, PJ’s. That’s right. There’s no shame in being comfortable while you write. All the best writers wore their PJ’s while writing. I don’t know who, but I’m certain some of them did.

3. Notebooks

These are my favorite notebooks on the planet. I’ve been using them for work and for writing for years now. Moleskin are a little on the pricey side. But they come in all sizes, are super durable, and come in a variety of colors and styles of paper. I use the pocket sized ones…because they fit in my pocket which means I carry them EVERYWHERE.

But any notebook will work. Friends of mine wait till Back to School sales and buy piles of those spiral notebooks for 10 cents a piece. I also use the notebook on my smartphone. Evernote is a great little app that works on all devices and even in your computer browser. So it’s everywhere you are.

4. Space

You don’t need a huge space. My wife and I live in a one bedroom apartment. No den. And I can’t write in libraries anymore. Too many PTSD memories of grad school. But I do section off part of the dining room for my laptop and have requested “me” time. That time means my wife can’t be in the same room. She’s my biggest critic. So, even if she’s sitting on the other side of the room, I feel her eyes on me and I can’t write. When the weather is good, I’ll go outside on our small porch. New Mexico provides warm Novembers.

So find a space. Whatever that space is. And call it your headquarters.

5. The Cloud

I really don’t care what cloud service you use. I don’t. I’m particular about my own cloud choice. But get one!!! I’m so crazy sick of hearing about people who’ve lost their work because their computer exploded, their dog ate their hard drive, or they got a virus because they were looking at porn opened an attachment.

There are dozens of options. Many of them free. All of them secure to one degree or another. All of them more reliable than your email, hard drive, flash drive, or bank vault.

6. NaNoWriMo Swag

You didn’t think I’d actually forget this part did you? The nanowrimo.org site has tons of swag. And what better way to get pumped up for the coming month than to wear the funness too! Besides, NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization. You’d be helping a good cause.

What’s your favorite NaNoWriMo preparation gear?

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