Five #NaNo Essentials

We’re all finding ways to get in a few extra words here at HSG. I don’t even have time to write this post… but I will, because I love you. Here’s my list of the five most essential tools for winning at NaNo. (In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, well, this post isn’t going to be very useful to you. But this link explaining NaNo will be.)


Leftover Halloween candy is especially useful. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of chocolate to end a word sprint.


I told my husband yesterday, “Caffeine fuels NaNo. Caffeine… and pizza.” I got both because he’s awesome. But still, if I’m pounding out words on my laptop, I’m going to need a hot cup of liquid gold (i.e. coffee; that’s my pet name for it) to aid in the process.


We can’t take our laptops everywhere we go. I personally had four appointments this week, between me and the kids, and nobody, nowhere was going to stop the NaNo train from chugging through. (I am so sorry for the cheesy metaphors. I’m high on caffeine and chocolate right now.)


I know pantsers everywhere just felt a disturbance in the force, but I personally write better the more detailed my outline is. At the start of NaNo, I had 40 index cards, each containing the bare bones of a scene. I’m still writing hot because it’s NaNo and if I want to hit my personal word count goal, I have no choice. I think that’s why I’m a little in love with NaNo this year, to be honest.


Um, hello? Pizza fuels NaNo (see above). Seriously, anything you and your supportive (I hope) family members can do to take away some of the typical responsibilites and worries, the better. Sandwiches for dinner? Okay! Let’s write a thousand words and then there’s no guilt, baby.

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About Lori Sizemore

Lover of nail polish, pens, her Kindle, and fresh coffee. She likes romance filled with messy, real characters and lots of snarky banter. Reading was (and still is!) her BFF; when she discovered writing she fell in love. Come for the snark. Stay for the story.

2 Responses to Five #NaNo Essentials

  1. Barb Heintz says:

    All of that is great info, especially the chocolate when you make your daily goal. I went on a writer’s retreat with Marin McGinnis and a dozen other writers. Had a great time, and perfect weather, though a bit cold in the early hours. While some of us slipped in our word counts, we made up for it in encouragement and plotting strategies. Now we can come home and make-up those words with renewed vigor.

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