You’d think that since this is my fifth year participating in NaNoWriMo I wouldn’t have much to learn about it. Well, you’d be wrong. Even now, only on day 5, I’ve learned quite a bit I didn’t know last year. Granted, most of it isn’t directly related to NaNoWriMo, but the knowledge came about because of it. So here goes.
- Wood wick candles are amazing. It sounds like a miniature fire crackling away on your desk.
- Having a friend to give you daily word goal challenges is also amazing. A fellow writer friend who isn’t participating in NaNo this year due to other projects hits me up on twitter every day and says, “14,000 words today, right?” I probably would have stopped at 13,558 when I had my daily goal of 1667, but because of that little challenge I kept going and ended with 14,005. If you can find someone to do this for you, DO IT. It has already proven invaluable.
- Standing desks are (can you guess?) amazing. I have a makeshift one right now fashioned from a wall-mounted media shelf on which to set my laptop, and a cardboard box on which to set my keyboard and mouse. It’s not glamorous, but it works. I’m hoping to get a Ninja Standing Desk for xmas. I sit all day at work, then I come home and sit some more all night. Tonight was the first time in ages I’ve used my standing desk setup. It’s so much easier to take a 60 second break to move your body around when you’re already standing than when you’re seated. I found myself doing jumping jacks, leg raises, and stretches. I felt better while writing than sitting in a chair where my back tends to get sore, even if I do sit with good posture. Also, standing burns more calories. I’m one of those people who is always cold. I’ve found at work that if I’m standing around talking to people, I get quite warm. The same held true tonight. It was a very nice change to be comfortable, and even have to turn the heat DOWN, than to always be cold because I’m too cheap to crank the heat high enough to make it comfortable throughout the house.
That’s my standing desk. Yes, it’s almost always that empty. You can see my Wick candle to the side along with a travel mug of hot Irish Breakfast tea and glass of water. I also have generic Airborne and Zinc tablets. It seems everyone around me at work and even write ins is sick, and I don’t want to catch it, so I stocked up on that stuff today. Oh, and there’s my Griffin speaker on the media shelf below my laptop. It has an iPod dock, but I just use the headphone jack cable to hook it to my phone of laptop. The sound is really great considering it’s all one piece – it even has decent bass.
So to recap: wood wick candles, a friend to challenge your word count, standing desk. And I suppose supplements to ward off the ick can be added to the list.
I hope NaNoWriMo is going well for you if you’re participating. Even if you’re not, these tips can be helpful for all manner of artistic situations.