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The NaNoWriMo Survival Toolkit

The NaNoWriMo Survival Toolkit

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NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is starting in just about 2 weeks! That means that it’s time to start preparing for your writing project. There are a number of philosophies about how much you should plan ahead (I’m on the more is always better side). This post is not about philosophy. This is about supplies. We might not agree on the merits of outlines, but we can agree that you’d never head out on a camping trip without supplies (unless you’re a highly-trained and super-gonzo Army Ranger).

Stocking up on supplies or your writing marathon will help motivate and excite you to write. The Artist’s Way, a book I had to buy for my SCAD Intro to Performing Arts class, talks about this concept as an “artist date”. You buy yourself a treat because it will get you excited. New pens? A new journal? If a little thing like stationary can make you write, all the power to you!

Here is a supply list that you can use for your NaNoWriMo preparation. Happy writing!


  • Sticky Notes
  • A cork board
  • A miniature purse/pocket-sized notebook to scribble ideas on the go
  • Red Bull, Monster, or Coffee
  • Vitamin B12 (Energy!)(You can never have too much)
  • A stress ball for hand cramps
  • Chocolate
  • Small candy for little rewards
  • Optional/Age Restrictive: Wine
  • Pens and Pencils
  • A computer


  • Twitter Hashtag #NaNoWriMo
  • NaNoWriMo wordcount widget
  • A account
  • A playlist of writing music
  • A word processing program that keeps accurate word count (Not Open-Office)
  • A desktop folder designated for research, documents, and scraps
  • A backup drive to save your work


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  • Missy Kirtley

    You should add “A babysitter” to this list for us NaNoWriMo Moms! 😉

    I love it, though. Trying to brainstorm some non-food/candy related prizes for myself for this November. (And for Camp NaNoWriMo–which is happening right now!)