NaNoWriMo 2018 First Day

Food alert. My plan is in place. Is yours?

I’ve participated in about eleven NaNoWriMos. The National Novel Writing Month in November is a writing signpost for me. My compass is tuned to it. If I’m not planning for one or editing a NaNo draft, then it must be November or I’m doing a Camp NaNo.

In October, I’m usually feverishly planning for NaNo and desperately finishing up other projects. This one was different. I’m recovering from the August China trip and Prescott, Arizona stay in September. Estate planning and logistics for a family trip occupy more time. I’m still resolving beta comments on the second Ravenscar shifter suspense romance novel The Foreign Story Collector and I’m doing pre-publication work: the novel’s front and back matter, designing a cover, and setting up for pre-orders. I’m using NaNoWriMo to finish projects: FSC, a vampire novella, and the third Deluded Detective book.

This month it will be 50,000 words or more 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.

So what was my schedule for the first day? Exercised for twenty minutes. Fed cats. Gardened for fifteen minutes. Housework for 45 minutes. Fixed and ate breakfast while taking a Master Class. Did bills. Then cleaned up and met friends for lunch and saw the Marvel movie Venom. Loved it. Heartily recommend seeing it.

Took a thirty minute walk after returning home while I finished listening to a VR Rain vampire mystery. Fixed this dinner. Watched a Buffy the Vampire episode. Finally sat down and wrote 2104 words. Now I’m ready to watch Murder on the Orient Express and loom knit a USO hat. Yeah, I’m really sweating through NaNoWriMo!

My meal plan? Getting food in order so that I can concentrate on writing.

Breakfast: oatmeal or a green smoothie. Fridays, I’ll pop over to Whole Foods for a vegan blueberry muffin. A large mug of hot, black coffee or tea for these crisp Autumn mornings.

Lunch: slaw chickpea sandwich or a mushroom samosa or Beyond Burger or a spinach turnover or Beyond Meat Bratwurst with fruit and cutup veggies.

Dinner: I’ll eat chopped salad most nights with lasagna rolls or bean tacos/pupusas or flatbread with hummus or beans/lentils and rice/quinoa bowls.

Yeah, this vegan is suffering!

Questions? Please leave your favorite NaNoWriMo recipes and prep plans here!

Happy noveling, Michelle

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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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2 Responses to NaNoWriMo 2018 First Day

  1. otter352 says:

    Your daily activity sheet puts me too deep deep shame.  I would be lucky to do half of what you wrote down, better make that one quarter what you wrote down. Good luck with your writing. Looking forward to hearing more about NaNoWriMo Adventures.

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