Food plan alert. Mine is ready. Is yours?
I’ve participated in how many NaNoWriMos? Nine, ten, eleven? The National Novel Writing Month in November is a writing signpost for me. My compass is somehow always tuned to it. If I’m not planning for one or editing a book that I wrote in one, then I must be in one.
In October, I’m usually feverishly planning for it and desperately finishing up other projects. This month is no different. My sequel to Jack Fell Down is with beta readers and I’m doing pre-publication work: the novella’s front and back matter, designing a cover, and setting up for pre-orders. I’m also waiting for two critiques of a short story I wrote, which I will then do a quick edit turnaround and send off to a publisher. I’m also deep into the fourth revision of The Foreign Story Collector, a suspense romance novel with paranormal elements. I hoping it will go to an agent in the next week.
In November, it will be 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s almost a rule that you start November 1st with a fresh idea, a token stab at a few characters, and the barest outline possible. See the website and/or Baty’s book for more information.
My NaNo? I’d dearly love to finish my YA dystopia novel. If there’s time left over, I’d like to beat my murder mystery novel with elements of olives and steampunk into shape.
But the real preparation? Getting food in order so that I can concentrate on writing.
Breakfast: hard boiled eggs on a handful of spinach leaves and kraut with a slice of papaya on the side. A large mug of hot, black coffee.
Lunch: slaw tuna sandwich with cut veggies (cucumber and rainbow carrots). Slaw tuna is canned tuna mixed with a favorite slaw recipe then slapped between sliced bread.
Dinner: I eat chopped salad most nights accompanied by a small piece of salmon or mahi or shrimp. Sometimes with lasagna rolls.
I hydrate with iced ginger tea.
Easy-peasy preparation is how you make novels.
Questions? Please leave your favorite NaNoWriMo recipes and prep plans here!
Happy noveling, Michelle