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Saturday, October 31, 2015

On your mark...get set...NaNoWriMo! A Survival Check List.

I Smell Sheep wants to say good luck to everyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo 2015. It's time to buckle down and write...only stopping once a day to check our site, of course <G>

Here is a checklist to make sure you survive:
Coffee/tea or other caffeine source.
 Pain reliever of some sort (could substitute alcohol, but don't forget what Peter De Vries said, "Write drunk, edit sober." or send it to me for editing (shameless plug).
 Pillow to put between your head and whatever you might want to bang it on or you will have to add an ice pack to this list. Also can be used to muffle your screams.
 Soft plushie to hug for emergencies like forgetting to save those last 5K words.
 Kleenex so plushie doesn't get nasty.
 Timer. You need to take a stretch break every so often.
 Notebook, so when you wake up in the middle of the night you can write down that genius plot twist. Do not get out of bed to write at this point. You need your sleep or you might make bad decisions, like tell your 13 year old child to take the car and go get mommy/daddy some more coffee and hand them the keys.
 Download an app that will block social media for set amounts of time (but not our site cause sheep are soothing.)
 Snacks. You know yourself best, pick what works for you.
 This sign Dani Harper created:


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.


  1. Awesome list. Still deciding on my pain reliever and snacks, but otherwise READY for NaNo 2015!

  2. Cool list, and so true. My daughter informed me that her challenge is for me to write a "sweet YA romance with no magic." Who is this child? I think it's a test, or a trick of some sort. LOL She loves paranormal YA.