You’ve signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo and writing begins in 2 days. Now what do you do?
PREP – PREP – PREP
Here are some things that I’m doing to prepare for day 1 of Camp NaNoWriMo:
It’s really hard for me to begin a writing project without any type of outline. For this project specifically, I’m creating a general outline. This just means that I am only working with the main story points (rising action, climax, etc.). The reason I don’t have a more detailed outline is because I wasn’t able to “fill in the blanks” with the rest of the plot points for my project. I’m going to use the general outline to start writing and then create a more detailed outline during the month of April as new ideas come to me. Having a general outline is essential for me, because I need to know at the very least where my story is going.
- Create a schedule
Consistency is really important to me. If I want to start a new task or a new habit, I need to commit to doing it every single day. If I miss a day it throws me off completely and I tend to give up. To avoid this I schedule time into my day to complete the task, in this case – writing. For the month of April I decided that I needed to wake up one hour earlier than I usually do just to make time to write. This way I’m not disrupting my usual daily schedule. This may look very different for you. Maybe you need to schedule writing at different times depending on the day and it may work perfectly. Unfortunately, I need a consistent time to write every day.
- Organize my supplies
I have a weakness for stationary 🙂 So this task is always on my to do list. When starting a new project, I love gathering a bunch of new stationary. This includes: a new file on my laptop, a notebook, a set of pens, a pencil case, index cards and sticky notes. Having a dedicated set of supplies for one project helps me focus better. And it also helps to keep me organized by forcing me to store all of my work and notes in one spot (a notebook or file on my laptop). Plus I love looking at brand new stationary because it actually makes me more productive. I think it has something to do with having a fresh start.
Writing is a lot easier for me if I am reading, especially right before I want to start writing. I find that my words flow more easily when my mind is in the right mindset. And reading helps make that happen. Sometimes writing is more difficult (for me) if I haven’t read in a long time. So I always make sure to have a book handy to reset my mind and get the creativity flowing again.
- Start early
Usually when I say that I’ll start something at a very specific time, I never start it then. I actually just procrastinate more, because it is much easier to set a future deadline for something than to actually start now. And due to that fear, I would just keep pushing the date that I needed to start something. To overcome that, I start early. For the purpose of Camp NaNoWriMo, I created a document and started writing my project a few days ago. And I’ve been itching to return to it ever since. Just starting the writing process helped me overcome the fear. Now I know that I’ll be able to continue writing on April 1, because I already did the hard part.