Monday, November 8, 2010

The Eater's Guide to NaNoWriMo

After an extremely shaky start, I'm *just* ahead of my writing schedule at fourteen thousand and something words. This one is more difficult to create as opposed to it's precursor, but I'm not focusing on that today.

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.
________ hit of the day: Predictions by Diary of Dreams


  1. I traded out my chair for an exercise ball. 1. My legs stopped falling asleep, 2. I get to bounce around, AND 3. I pretend I'm exercising. Win / win. Er... win.

  2. I am impressed this wasn't just a post 100% dedicated to chocolate!
    The exercise is essential. Must feed those imaginative brain cells oxygen too!

  3. At the end of the month -- go get a massage.

    For real.

    I just got one after my month-long jaunt through a new first draft. Totally.Worth.It. No more back stiffness while I'm sitting at my desk trying to think.

  4. Excellent pieces of advice. I don't drink nearly enough water and right now I"m typing on your blog instead of going to the gym... so yeah, I'm off to follow your advice.

  5. I know I'm really stupid for asking this, but... I kind of get what NaNoWriMo is, but what is it exactly? LOL

  6. These are great! I don't have nearly enough of the "healthy stuff" in my diet as I should. Does it count it I eat fruit-flavored candy? :)

  7. +1 on the exercise.. totally let that one go last week, and since I've started again, things are much better.

    Also, the exercise ball as a chair is a great suggestion!

  8. Such great tips, ladies! I'm definitely going to utilize that massage thing.

    I too skipped out on the gym last week, but went back today. Let's see how much pep I have at 11 tonight.

    @Miranda - I'll answer your question in a blog post. It gives me something to do.


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