All you need to tell a good story is a little bit of imagination and some time to flesh out the world. But, if you want a little help to get there, check out these Camp NaNoWriMo Books and Supplies.
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I’ve been trying to cut the fat on my writing lately.
Between trying to bash out 4,000 words a day, and being in the middle of a global pandemic, you can see what you really need to get the work done.
And while I love a good trip to the coffee shop or a writing retreat that feels inspiring, at the end of the day, you just need to tell the story.
And sometimes I think about how a major plot point in Little Women is that Jo stays up all night to write her book in a dark attic and then it’s all done.
I will never be that writer, but it’s good to know that all you need is some paper and a pen.
Now that I have acknowledged that all you really need to write is writing utensils, I’d like to share some things that make the process a bit more cozy.Want to make your writing routine a little more comfy cozy? Click To Tweet
There is nothing here that you 100% need. But I think there are some things on this list that you will enjoy having.
So, no. You don’t need these Camp NaNoWriMo books and supplies. But your journey from blank page to novel will be a lot more comfortable with them.
Camp NaNoWriMo Books and Supplies
001: The 90-Day Novel Planner
Y’all know I made this, right? It’s great because it holds everything I need for writing. It has my outline, character sketches, and working titles. It also has a place to track my word count, and how each writing session went.
Overall, it’s definitely something that is helping me, and I think you’d like it too. It’s featured in a ton of my videos, but here’s a quick look at what it looks like inside!
002: A comfortable work station
I think laptops are great. But I’m also old now and sitting causes me physical pain if I do it wrong. So, I prop my laptop up on this stand that keeps the monitor at eye level. And I use this bluetooth keyboard so I don’t have to reach up on that stand. I also have my computer connected to a second monitor with this cable.
It’s not perfect, and I’m always fine-tuning my setup when I discover a new pain in my shoulders or a tension headache caused by something new.
And, while you’re at it, you may as well get some blue light blocking glasses. They keep me from going cross-eyed.
003: A vessel for your caffeine
Look. I’m not going to pretend to be the virtuous writer who doesn’t touch caffeine. I LIVE FOR IT.
I use this travel mug to keep my coffee warm, and I’m strictly a pour over brew gal. I like large ceramic mugs for sipping casually, when I’m not in the middle of writing and my coffee won’t get cold.
For tea, I like to brew my looseleaf in this bad boy, and I have a special measuring spoon because I’m extra.
And you know what? You want to keep your beverages warm, and this is how you do it.This is everything you could ever need to write a book, except a good idea and the ability the sit down and write. Click To Tweet
004: A damn fine notebook
Where do you put your ideas when they strike you all hit and run style?
I’m a fan of Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks when you want something hardbound. And I’ll never say no to a soft cover Moleskine.
But have you tried a Miquelrius chonky boi? They’re a delight.
If you’re one of those knuckle-dragging mouth breathers who insists on having a notebook with a metal coil holding it together (THAT WILL ABSOLUTELY SNAG ON ALL YOUR CLOTHING) then I think you may enjoy this one here.
And for all my unlined sistren and brethren, you can’t go wrong with a good, old-fashioned sketchbook.
005: A planner to keep track of the days
You guys know that this is the planner I use, and I designed it myself. It’s there to keep you together when the deadlines and multiple projects are coming at you.
But I am partial to the Passion Planner because I love that it gives you a space to focus on goals.
And the Mindful Productivity Planner is a game changer too.
Basically, planning is really helpful when you know you need to make time for the work you’re going to do on your writing project.
006: A standing desk
I don’t own this standing desk. I just want it really badly. It’s probably going to be something I splurge on soon.
And like, I really want a treadmill desk too, but that is definitely not a need.
007: Stories to refill the well
I have hardcore fallen into some story consumption binge behavior, and I don’t hate it.
I’ve been reading about teen witches in a boarding school, and teen witches dealing with a post-prom crime. And I’ve been reading about witches falling in love off the coast of New England.
And then there’s this whole show about witches (and vampires and werewolves) in New Orleans.
And man. This Dungeons and Dragons-inspired movie was great.
Basically, I think you need to find a good story out there that keeps you feeling inspired. It doesn’t have to be a classic or a story that’s highly regarded. Sometimes you just need a good setting, or a fun premise, or something that warms your heart.
Oh! And if you want books to help with your writing, check out these books for NaNoWriMo or the best books on creative writing!Camp NaNoWriMo Books and Supplies Click To Tweet
What Keeps You Going Through Camp NaNoWriMo?
What Camp NaNoWriMo books and supplies do you recommend? What makes your writing sessions more comfortable? How do you refill the well?