Today is all about WriMo fuel.
In order to push through your first draft*, your brain to needs to be firing on all cylinders. If it's not, bad things happen: you write "SOMETHING IMPORTANT HAPPENS HERE," you decide watching a marathon of Cake Boss is a high priority, or you have narcoleptic naps**. These things shouldn't happen daily. Once and a while, yes, but if you find these more appealing than focusing on the task at hand, maybe you need something to jolt you into progress.
Without further to do, I present...
The Eater's Guide to NaNoWriMo
Caffeine. It IS your best friend for November. It keeps your going much later than you would on just water or herbal tea alone. Energy drinks fall into this category too. Chug one of those and you're golden for hours. Just be mindful of the crash.
Water. With all the caffeine you ingest, make sure you drink the same amount in water or other non-caffeinated beverages. It keeps you hydrated and helps wash the toxins out of your system. I find it also helps with the energy drink or espresso crash.
Sugar. You can get this from the energy drink or the fancy-pants espresso drink, but sometimes nothing's better than candy to put you in the move. The sugar rush is an important part of a WriMo's diet.
Healthy Stuff. It's important to be balanced and get some greens into you. Fruits and vegetables are convenient because you can take them to your local write-in without much of a mess. (Not to mention a diet comprised entirely of caffeine, water, and sugar isn't healthy.)
Exercise! Something I think we might all overlook when totally sucked into butt-in-chair, is that exercise is crucial. You can go for a walk, gym, run, and still work on your project. Is there a tricky plot point coming up and you can't seem to figure out how to transition to it? You can spent your time working it out while you're working on your writer's butt.
Do you have any tips on how to survive NaNoWriMo?
* Or in this case, your NaNoWriMo project.
** Only one of these items has happened to me. So far.
Last.fm hit of the day: Predictions by Diary of Dreams