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You’ve signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) after some major positive self talk. After taking deep breaths, you even told all your Facebook friends about your goal to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Whether you’re excited or totally freaked out, we’ve put together the ultimate survival kit.
While the best advice is to just sit your but in the chair and write, it never hurts to have some essentials by your side.
The Ultimate NaNoWriMo Survival Kit
If your fingers fly over the keyboard, but you’re making more typos try a mechanical keyboard. Also known as gaming keyboards or mechanical touch, these keyboards mimic the feel of those old keyboards we learned to type on (Did I just age myself?) I’ve got my eye on this red number by How Nice, but it comes in several colors too.
Prefer to write the old-fashioned way on paper? I love how my ink pen glides over the smooth pages of a Moleskine notebook. You can opt for the classic black cover or grab one of the limited editions, like this Mad Hatter cover. I prefer the large size, which is big enough to write in without your hand cramping yet small enough to slip into my handbag.
There will never be a consensus on the perfect writing implement. Choosing a pen or pencil is such a personal decision, but here are my faves:
My absolute favorite (inexpensive) pen is the Pilot G2 roller ball pens. They come in a variety of colors and different point sizes. I prefer the fine point ones.
Sharpie Fine Point Pens are a close runner-up. Both of these pens write beautifully in a Moleskine notebook with no bleed through.
If you’re more of a pencil person, I’ve heard amazing things about Palomino Blackwing pencils. They are pretty, aren’t they?
A mug isn’t just useful for your comforting hot beverage, but they can inspire you too. This cheeky “Bitches Get Stuff Done” typewriter mug cracks me up. Get writing!
Let’s Talk Drinks & Snacks
Snacks are of utmost importance when working. Put together a stash at your desk or writing area so you can’t make excuses to get up and walk around for a bite. A good bar of chocolate makes the best reward when you hit your daily word goal. Here’s some to try out:
My go-to coffee is Community Coffee from Louisiana. My mother sent me 20 pounds of Community Coffee for my birthday last month.
Prefer a little K-cup roulette? Try a sampler pack of single serving cups for your Keurig. You’ll get teas, flavored coffees, cider, and hot chocolate.
Warning: eat these alone because everyone will want some. I was nice and shared my barkThins snacking chocolate with my family. The bag of dark chocolate almond with sea salt didn’t stand a chance. Next time we’re buying multiple bags. They’re Fair Trade so you can snack guilt free (while you write).
You won’t even have to leave your desk (except to check your mailbox) for snacks when you sign up for Love with Food snack box. Each month you’ll receive snack-sized foods that are organic or all-natural. There’s even a gluten-free box. Sign-up now you’ll be stocked with snacks for November. Get your first tasting box for 40% off.
I’m not a big on dried coconut so I was shocked by how much I enjoyed toasted coconut chips. They’re just the right amount of sweetness paired with a satisfying crunch.
What would you put in your NaNoWriMo survival kit?
Need some writing music? I’ve got some playlists for you.