NaNoWriMo Rituals

Julie asked if we have any NaNoWriMo superstitions. Seemed like an excellent post idea. Mine are more rituals than superstitions, but I think it’s all the same. Here are mine:

  1. My writing will be done on a Toshiba Satellite laptop when I’m at home and a Dell Optiplex desktop with dual monitors when writing during my lunch hour at work
  2. My writing times will most likely be noon (lunch hour) and 10:00 PM (when my daughter falls asleep). One difference will occur in the middle of the month, when I’m gonna take a day off from work to most likely catch up on my word count
  3. My daily breakfast will consist of 17 cups of coffee
  4. My daily lunch will be a full Bloomin’ Onion from Outback Steakhouse and a pint of Guiness
  5. My daily dinner will be a single leaf of lettuce, culled from the garden beside Edgar Allen Poe’s mother’s, sister’s, neighbor’s, cousin’s, pet iguana’s friend, garnished with Ranch dressing, of course
  6. Just like hockey players I will wear my lucky underwear every day for 30 days, even in the shower. Can’t jeapordize the word count.
  7. If I wear a hat, I’ll only wear it upside down and inside out. This will be difficult since the only hat I wear is a Viking helmet, but I’m sure I’ll get used to the horns poking me in the head.
  8. In the month of November I will allow people to refer to me only as Johnny Wordsmith. Jo – Dub for short. This is non-negotiable. I must feel like a writer at all times, or I will fail.
  9. When I finally do go to sleep at night, I will opt for a specially designed bed frame, crafted from a tree from the same forest the paper was made from in the initial printing of Good Omens. If I don’t find this bedframe, I won’t sleep in November.

Anyhow, those are a few of my rituals I’ll be sticking to in November. Or maybe not. I am typing this while wearing a pirate costume, so everything I say should probably be taken with grain of alcohol, I mean salt.

Honestly, my biggest ritual will be to simply write, and write often. I plan on starting tonight at “midnight”. Good luck to all!

17 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Rituals

  1. Good Times.

    My only need was an endless supply of Sour Punch Sour Straws. My dentist will be very disappointed that I am not doing NaNo this year and will not be paying for his winter vacation.

  2. NaNo signed me up! What?? I went on the site to post on one of their forums (there was a discussion about creative non-fiction and whether it counts). And now I’m getting emails all about how I’ll be writing a novel in Nov. Makes me wonder how accurate their count of participants is!

    So, anyway, since I keep hearing from them … I looked at something I’d written previously to see what 1700 words looks like, and it’s about six pages. That doesn’t seem at all like a lot. Is it because folks are writing fiction that this seems like a lot? Is it because folks are trying to make those words GOOD? It seems quite do-able for me.

    I’m just thinking maybe I might sorta, I don’t know, go ahead and participate, I mean in terms of shooting for that kind of output. The pep talks from writers might be interesting. I don’t think at the end that I could really justify putting the widget on my site, though….

    Anyway, good luck!

  3. Re: 7;
    If you attach ribbons to the horns and use the ribbons to tie the hat to your head it might not fall off while you’re wearing it.

    Re: 3;
    Good! Good! And remember, stay away from tea in Novemmber. Today at work, I learned that there is something in tea that causes panic attacks. Not sure if it’s true, but do we want to risk it???? NO tea in November.

  4. LOL, great list! Me, I need double salt Dutch licorice and diet coke. And a plan. I need a plan. Anyone have a plan I can borrow? I thought I had a plan, but no. I guess today will be dedicated to plot-seeking (or at least to finding one measly character – that’s not too much to ask, is it?).

  5. SzélsőFa – I will probably drink tea and coffee. The tea will be decaf. but the coffee 92 or 3 cups per day) will not. I know I should stay away, but I can’t help myself sometimes 🙂

    Shari – I have planned for this more than I have ever planned for any writing assignment in my life. I never plan, so that isn’t saying much. I have no idea if it will work.

  6. I have no writing rituals, sadly.

    Though, I will be striving to get the word counts up when I have to take my vacation days. Though, on the 28th, I don’t think I’ll be writing much, but partying hard.


  7. If you can come up with a piece of writing as good as this post as quickly as I imagine you wrote it, I think you’ll be just fine in the NaNoWriMo!

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