In my last post about NaNoWriMo I talked a little bit about what I am doing leading up to November. Today I want to touch on a few more of the things I do in order to prepare as well as what I do to help me be inspired.
As I said previously, I carry a small notebook around with me in case I get sudden inspiration, but I also have my phone for running notes if I need it. Now, sometimes inspiration doesn’t want to come and is playing hard to get. One of the things I do to help keep those creative juices flowing is that I have a private board on Pinterest that is specifically full of images that I use for inspiration. I sometimes scour images looking for outfit ideas, setting ideas and even character image ideas.
Since I do work full time and have adult commitments sometimes scheduling is key. For those days that I know I’m not going to have a lot of time for writing I usually will set aside a specific block of time, no matter how small, for writing. I do keep an actual planner and write in this time.
As we get closer to November it’s important to remember that NaNoWriMo should never feel like a chore. It’s about fun and making progress on your writing endeavors. If it ever feels like a chore I would recommend rethinking your process or if you really are enjoying the story you’re creating.