My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Last year I put together my first NaNoWriMo Survival Kit. This year I am expanding my kit to include other things I now know are important.

  1. My laptop, with a folder and documents pertaining to the 2013 NaNoWriMo experience all ready to go.
  2. A folder with important information: Character sketches, minimal outline and notes, research information, lists. This is information I will use throughout the entire process.
  3. A bulletin board with notes that can be tossed when I am done with them, a map of each community, and a calendar/timeline of events that take place. Information here can be thrown out as I go along.
  4. Good pens. I find I do not like working with pencils.
  5. Scrap paper. Lots of it.
  6. My fiction ideas notebook. If I am stuck, something in there may be of help.
  7. Bedroom sign, which I took from someone else and changed to my liking. I rent a room in a house, and I do not want other people bothering me when I am writing this year. The sign says: Warning!!! Writer at Work! By penalty of death of your favorite character DO NOT DISTURB except in case of real emergency. Things that constitute a real emergency: 1. The house is on fire. 2. The Zombie Apocalypse has begun. 3. Death, broken bones, or severe blood loss. That about covers it. Thanks!
  8. Candles and matches. Mood lighting is important.
  9. DVD’s that automatically replay themselves, or that have many episodes of a particular show. I have dish Network, but it turns the service off  every couple hours. I dislike that feature strongly. If there is all of a sudden no background noise, I lose all concentration on what I am writing. Not good!
  10. Lehman’s catalog, because the products in that catalog will help the people in my stories greatly. It is a sort of reference material.
  11. Homesteading/gardening books, in case I need information from them. Also necessary reference materials.
  12. My NaNoWriMo tee shirt from 2007, and capris. This is what I will be wearing most of the month. I am planning to purchase last and this year’s tee shirts as well.
  13. Trail mixes with a few pieces of chocolate in each serving. Mostly healthy choices I mix up myself.
  14. Plenty of filtered water and lemons.
  15. Tea – lots of tea. No sugar. I just need the caffeine. If I want sweetener, I have plenty of honey.
  16. Slow cooker, microwave and toaster oven for easy meal prep.

What is on your survival list?

Shannon L. Buck

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About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.

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