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Cheats & Eats 4 NaNoWriMo

Is it cheating if you planned it ahead of time?


I guess its all in how you look at it, really. Not really.

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If planning ahead means I’ve saved myself time, energy and gave myself an extended writing period then…

Hell yeah!

Call me a cheater!

*slaps forehead

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I cannot express enough how planning ahead and scheduling your success can mean for your writing goals! I know…

  • It’s tedious!
  • It’s time consuming!
  • It sounds too hard!
  • There’s no time!
  • Where do I even start?!

I can make these excuses just as much as the next guy. But, you know what? At the end of the day, we all have twenty-four hours and how we use it is ultimately up to us. If you don’t have time, you simply didn’t make it a priority.


I know, I know. This is too harsh. But, I’m hard on you because I care!

This preptober week,  I show you how I get organized at my desk for  NaNoWriMo!

**just in case you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is**

NaNoWriMo is an online writing challenge inviting you to write 50k in 30 days and it happens in the month of November. Holy smokes, that’s just around the corner! I know, so we gotta get prepared and get ready NOW! 

I believe snacks and meal planning are a vital component to keeping your writing goals on track. Why. Uh, because we need nourishment to keep our energy up, silly, and in doing so, we can KEEP plugging away toward that 50k! And we need to find ways to limit our interruptions. I find that I will either forget to eat or pop up and head to the kitchen so much, my distraction level is so high and, ultimately…  no words make it to the page!


I know, right!

So, take a peek inside my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit for some ideas of your own!

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Meal Planning Checklist


 ~~~~~Food Items~~~~~


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Rx Bars:
Bumblebee Tuna Packs:
Starkist Tuna Packs:
Crock Pot Recipe Book:
The Happy Healthy Plant Based Eating Guide:

 ~~~~~Non Food Items~~~~~

These items, I imagine you can grab anywhere or you already have on hand:

Pens, Markers, Highlighters
Sticky Pads
Google Calendar
Storyboard for your novel (If you have one)

If you want to see how I plan my dinners for the month, how I stay hydrated, or just want to see me babble on about Preptober… Check out this week’s episode on YouTube!

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Also… I will leave you with one last thought. Oh no. Oh yes. I heard this the other day and it has just “stuck.” I hope it resonates with you the way it has with me!

Interruption is the thief of creativity.

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