I meant to post this on November 1, when NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month–began. NaNoWriMo leads writers through a month of intensive creation, culminating with a draft novel, or 50,000 words spread across other projects.
I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo per se–I’ve tried in the past and I always fall short, and it gives me the sads 🙁 I’ve been trying to write more, though, in between my editing gig.
When I have my writing tools, I’m more successful. My primary writing space is a three-season porch, which creates some difficulties beginning around November:
- It’s cold
- I get cold easily
- The wood-burning stove is in the living room’
- Did I mention I get cold?
Despite its lack of perfection, I love the porch because it’s sunny and it’s filled with my stuff. If I’m surrounded by the right tools, I find I can still manage to write out here fairly well.
The things on my must-have list for writing out here include:
- Coffee warmer, to keep the coffee hot (or other hot beverage of your choice. The writer’s fuel. )
- Portable heater, pretty self-explanatory. Someday I’ll have more money and maybe I’ll get a faux fireplace out here…
- Not pictured because not pulled out yet–fingerless gloves and thick wool socks.
The most important thing you can do is find what works for you!