A Feast for NaNoWriMo 2016

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


About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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3 Responses to A Feast for NaNoWriMo 2016

  1. HM Waugh says:

    Tea. Buckets of it!

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