Saturday, November 1, 2014

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit or Things that help me write

So it's the first day of November otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month! To pep up myself to participate, I watched a couple of videos on YouTube and noticed that a lot of people compile a "Survival Kit" for the competition so I decided to do the same. But instead of a video blog like the ones I watched, I've put together a photo blog or at least my own amateur version of one:


So first off, the obvious stuff - my laptop because I'm more comfortable typing rather than physically writing. This is because it’s so much easier to edit stuff. I tend to edit on-the-go as I write which is actually a bad habit because it hinders the actual writing process. In fact one of the guidelines for NaNoWriMo is to switch off the inner editor and I have a feeling this is going to be especially tough for me. My inner editor is a massively obsessive-compulsive bitch and very hard to shut up. Sometimes, music helps which explains the earphones in the picture, even though I usually need silence around me when I'm writing. (And silence is really hard to find when you work from home; my home at least. :P)

Also in the picture are: 

2. My phone, which I use to write when I'm away from my laptop. I use the OneNote mobile app and also MS Office mobile which are both incredibly useful because all my notes automatically sync to my computer through the cloud storage of OneDrive. When I'm especially lazy, I speak out and record audio notes which I transcribe later. God bless technology. :)

3. My Kindle - which I've included in this list because it has the NaNoWriMo bible in it - "No Plot No Problem," by Chris Baty. I'm going to need it for inspiration and motivation throughout the month.

Next comes this lap-desk which I recently bought. It allows me to work comfortably on my laptop almost anywhere - the sofa, the bed, the floor - without getting nasty wrist and neck aches. 


I would never manage to organize anything in my life without a notebook to write things down. This diary is full of all kinds of scribbles – from to-do lists and plans to story ideas, random thoughts and even doodles. It's my current treasure chest of musings. Almost an extension of myself, just like my glasses. 

I am a little obsessed with pens even though I do most of my writing on the computer. I love colored pens but have run out of them and decided not to buy any more until I use up at least some of these regular black and blue ones.

A lot of participants include junk food or chocolate as part of their kits but my snack of choice is good old Gujju Sev-Mamra. It’s light and crunchy and easy to munch on while typing because it can be eaten with a spoon. My mom's made a huge jar full of it so it'll last throughout the month :)

My drink of choice is lovely healthy caffeine-free paani. I also love chai because it wakes me up but I don't have it while writing because chai is meant to be relished with chit-chat and snacks, not sipped in solitude while you work. Just my opinion. Besides, if I'm going to spend hours writing, I might as well keep healthy by drinking enough water. 

This is chocolate mukhwas. It's supposed to be had after meals but I tend to get addicted to it so I've decided that it's going to be my reward. That is, IF and only IF I meet my word-count goal of the day, I'll be allowed a spoonful of this yummy-ness.

10. Last, but perhaps most important comes inspiration:

I find burning incense incredibly inspiring. I love the smells of rose and sandalwood incense sticks though others are all right too. So I like lighting some incense before I write and then try to type non-stop until it completely burns out. This is usually impossible because I'm bound to be disrupted in the middle of my writing by someone/something or the other. But oh well, I just try to keep at it as best as I can. I also find the scented smoke helps me keep calm and focus on my words. It also lends a spiritual atmosphere like my words are my worship or writing is sacred, which I think is kind of cool. 

So that's my "NaNoWriMo Survival Kit" of sorts or basically just the stuff that helps me write. Time to get cracking on that novel now. 

1 scribbles scribbled back to me:

megharana said...

All the very best!! :)
will wait to read the completed stuff..