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.
- My laptop, with a folder and documents pertaining to the 2013 NaNoWriMo experience all ready to go.
- A folder with important information: Character sketches, minimal outline and notes, research information, lists. This is information I will use throughout the entire process.
- 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.
- Good pens. I find I do not like working with pencils.
- Scrap paper. Lots of it.
- My fiction ideas notebook. If I am stuck, something in there may be of help.
- 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!
- Candles and matches. Mood lighting is important.
- 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!
- Lehman’s catalog, because the products in that catalog will help the people in my stories greatly. It is a sort of reference material.
- Homesteading/gardening books, in case I need information from them. Also necessary reference materials.
- 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.
- Trail mixes with a few pieces of chocolate in each serving. Mostly healthy choices I mix up myself.
- Plenty of filtered water and lemons.
- Tea – lots of tea. No sugar. I just need the caffeine. If I want sweetener, I have plenty of honey.
- Slow cooker, microwave and toaster oven for easy meal prep.
What is on your survival list?
Shannon L. Buck
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