Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Everything You Need to Write a Novel in 30 Days

As you may or may not know, November is National Novel Writing Month ("NaNoWriMo" to the cool kids). For the 3rd year running, I've decided to punish myself take part in the event by trying to write at least 50,000 words of fiction in a month.

And just like Musicians like to show off their Rig ("Check out my Amps and Post-Heads, Dude!") the above photo displays everything one needs to write a novel in a month. From Left to Right:

  • Tissues--hopefully I won't need these much longer, but it seems inevitable that every year I get stricken with the most heinous cold around October 30th. I've literally (literally) gone through a box of these in the past 24 hours.
  • Laptop Computer--Mainly used for going to the National Novel Writing Month's website,, to update my word count every five minutes or so. Also quite useful for one who prefers to type as opposed to write by hand, as portability means one can novel anywhere.
  • Gridded Softcover, String-Bound Notebook--Since I type faster than my brain works, I tend to  write all my first drafts by hand. Sturdy and portable, with grid lines in case I get the itch to start drawing in the middle of a noveling session. I have eight of these in reserve.
  • Pen--UniBall Signo 207. Medium Nib, Black. Any other pen and you're just a poser.
  • Printed Outline--So I don't start meandering and write page after page about, lets say, cats.
  • Coffee--Pretty self-explanatory. Eight O'Clock Coffee, Colombian, Whole Bean. Required for early morning/late night word sprints and as cow-pusher for the various writer's blocks bound to obscure my writerly rails.
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