NaNoWriMo 2009

My sole purpose for living (at least for next month anyway) is to crank out 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s right, NaNoWriMo 2009 is about to begin! This is my first time participating in the National Novel Writing Month, and I am quite excited. I’m not sure what to expect, but I know I will enjoy it, even if I don’t manage to make the final goal.

I’ve already registered online and have most of my checklist under control:

  • Access to a computer. It isn’t much of a computer, but it has the basics to get the job done. The way I figure it, the bare-bones-basics are a good way to stay focused.
  • Writing music. Sometimes you just need a good song to keep you going. I also find certain music helps write certain moods, so I’m equipped with a diverse listening package.
  • Prewriting. From character sketches, to outlines, to free-writes. All are considered “legal” as long as not directly used in the final product.
  • Rewards. I need lots of encouragement and have small treats for reaching daily goals (mine is about 2,000 words), medium rewards for weekly achievements, and of course, a party upon completion.
  • A buddy or two.  Friends are important. They provide support, and are available to bounce ideas off of… as well as being around for periodical rants and tantrums.
  • Comfort items. Little things are also important, like a comfy chair, or your favorite snack and/or beverage. It is amazing what the little things can do.  Among my comfy items is a squishy stress ball in the shape of a brain.

I’ll be sure to have periodic updates now and then about my progress and if I have any major learning experiences along the way. Otherwise, don’t expect to hear much from me next month. My words are clearly needed elsewhere. =)