And with much evil laughter more condusive for NaNoWriMo than Halloween, I say – “Do you know what tomorrow is?” If you do, congratulations and I’m sure you will do just fine. If you DON’T know what tomorrow is and you’re planning on doing NaNoWriMo, I say, “I’m terribly, terribly sorry, but I don’t think you’ve prepared well enough.”
Because tomorrow marks (besides my brother’s twenty-second birthday) – NaNoWriMo! I mentioned this to my mom this morning and she says, “We’ll miss you.”
I suppose I DO tend to go into hibernation during November…except this month, we may be gone for a week. I’m going to be in a panic trying to double-up my daily quota until we leave! *cue screaming attack* Now, I know a lot of my friends are doing NaNo this month and they’re a little panicked about it. My advice? Don’t stress it. It’s about having fun, in spite of the near-death experiences. It’s about falling head-over-heels in love, discovering NaNo buddies, surprising yourself with how creative you can be, crafting a whole new world in a month. How many people can do that? If you’re doing NaNo, don’t go into it half-hearted with a “Well, maybe this will turn out okay.”
If you’re going to do NaNo, dive in headfirst and drown in it!
So everybody tends to have a NaNo Survival Kit, but this year I don’t have a kit so much as a….conglommeration.
1. Fingerless gloves. My hands get so cold during NaNo that they numb up sometimes – probably because they’re in the same position basically all day for four weeks. I wore my gloves to BSF yesterday and one older lady walked up to me, looked at them, and said, “Oh, I have to go find my carpal tunnel brace at home.” I wished her luck.
2. Hot chocolate. I don’t have blood in my veins so much as ink and hot chocolate, and naturally I need to consume large quantities of both to keep going.
3. My NaNo notebook (of course)
4. Music. I’m heavily into Taylor Swift at the moment thanks to her new album (half of which describes Acceso perfectly. Vey and Leila? Check, check, triple-check). However, my main songs for Unforget are –
I Remember by Bang Yong-Guk
Greyson Chance – Slipping Away
Hero – Nickleback
Silhouette – Owl City
Lonely Lullabye – Owl City
Taylor Swift – Haunted
Mist – Gang Dong-Won
Save You Tonight – One Direction
And that’s really only a very small sample. My playlist for this month is HUGE.
Also, don’t forget to use the NaNo site and forums and help to their best advantage! Have a blast this NaNo, people!
Several people have expressed interest in reading Unforget as I write it. Lots of them read Monster while I wrote it and gave me feedback, and it was the most helpful thing I can think of. So I’ve got an Unforget beta-reading team – if you’d like to be on it, just tell me so in the comments or email me at the-shieldmaiden(at)hotmail.com with the subjectline ‘Unforget’ so you don’t get deleted as spam. =D