Prep month? Yeah, that’s what I call October. And I’m talking about plotting. I’m talking about prepping your life to succeed at NaNoWriMo and prepping the tools you use while writing.
You can’t plan for the unexpected, but you can plan for life’s routine interruptions. Each year something happens. Of course, major life events can knock a person out of participation. Those are different. I mean expecting what routinely occurs, like driving across town and knowing at least one of those traffic lights is going to get you.
You’re a student. Tests or papers coming up? Look at your syllabus. You’ll probably have midterms. Is there any preliminary work you can do in October? Work in retail? There are seasonal demands. Have kids? In the U.S. they’ll be home a lot late in the month for the holiday. Speaking of that holiday, are you hosting or traveling? There’s nothing like someone bowing out of NaNo because “I need the spare bedroom for Uncle Henry and I just remembered we filled it with junk while we repainted back in August.”
I live alone so…
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