So with Monday being Halloween, this is the start of the last weekend before NaNoWriMo 2011. The last weekend before a mad frenzy of writing. Which means… time to make sure all writing notes are organized and all supplies are in stock.
My favorite thing to do before NaNoWriMo begins is to have a playlist of music that fits my novel’s theme so that come midnight, I’m already in the mood to write my story and not just sitting there trying to figure out how to begin the story. To create the playlist, I go through my iTunes library, take a look at the freebies in the iTunes store, create a station on Pandora with a song I know fits the theme, tone, etc. and ask friends for help as I look for at least 20 songs.
Since last year, instead of writing my notes on various sheets of paper that I keep in a nearby folder, I have taken to using the wonderful free site LitLift to organize all of my notes on characters, items, settings and scenes. I also keep a notebook, though, for when I can’t be near a computer/internet – like when I’m dragged out of the house to get “fresh air” despite my protests.
As far as making sure I’m stocked up on supplies, I like to go to the grocery store a couple days before to buy various products with sugar and caffeine. Not to mention things like Vitamin C cough drops and orange juice so that I hopefully don’t get sick and fall behind on my word count. Then when I can find a moment to pause on November 1st, I go back to stock up on clearance-priced Halloween candy.
The most important thing, however, is to make sure I get a lot of sleep because come November 1st, there are going to be some sleepless nights!
Now off I go to finish up my own preparations!