Updated: May 22
But first, a recap (click "Step" to read that post)
Step 1 - Deciding what to write. Inspiration exists in many forms. From music to your favorite book from years ago. There's a story to be told (re-imagined) and you can take the entirety of Camp NaNo, April 2022, to write it. Tune in, look around, Google something, then take notes on the ideas that come up, then pick one that excites you.
Step 2 - Deciding who to write about. You've got an idea, now who are the characters you're going to use to bring that idea to "life"? Get to know them so you can write them as relatable, vivid, characters.
Step 3 - Deciding when to write. Life's gonna life, so it's best to block off time on your calendar right away so you at least have time set aside. Sure, you may have to adjust as the month goes on, but if you don't have the time blocked, to begin with, it's even harder to find it when you're in the thick of things.
Okay, now that you're all caught up, let's talk Step 4 - Where to write. Going to share a little secret with you, you can turn just about any place into a good spot to put words to page. It's simple - all you need is something to write with and or something to write on.
Something to write with:
speech to text software
interpreters who know sign language and are willing to write what you sign
Something to write on:
Yes, it's nice to have noise-canceling headphones, the "perfect" playlist, and an antique writing desk on which to prop your tablet/laptop/leather-bound writing journal, etc. But seriously, as long as you have something to write with and something to write on, you can reach your word count goal for the day.
And that's it, those are the four steps I suggest you take to get ready to rock Camp NaNo.
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Alright, going to sign off here. I've got to get ready to go to Camp NaNo! Hope to see you there. As always, sending light and inspiration.