55 Days Until NaNoWriMo

I’m still working on finishing up my current novel so I can start fresh with a new project in November. I’ve been making a lot of progress. The rush to finish this draft has also been great practice for producing the sort of daily word counts I will need during November. I’m building up my endurance by trying to write 1,000 words a day. Soon I will increase my daily word count to 1,500. So far so good.

Now I’m starting to think about other aspects of NaNoWriMo. The novel writing might be the only part we measure, but it takes a lot of work to stay in top writing condition for an entire month. Writing a ton of words means I won’t have a lot of time to take care of other less interesting aspects of living, like cooking meals. My crock pot is going to get a workout. To keep it interesting I’m looking for new recipes that won’t require a ton of prep work.

Do you have any time-saving life hacks to squeeze in more writing during NaNoWriMo? Do you have any favorite quick and easy meals for novel writing season? Give me some ideas so I don’t end up pretending left over Halloween candy is a balanced meal!

12 thoughts on “55 Days Until NaNoWriMo

  1. Being in college, I’ll probably try to write some of my novel on my phone in between classes during the week, as well as whatever time I’ll have at home. As for meals, make the crockpot your best friend! Our family loves to stick a whole chicken in the crockpot, stuff some apple slices and a celery stick broken into small pieces inside it, top the chicken with chopped onion, salt, pepper, lemon juice and zest, and fresh rosemary. Pour in about a cup of water (maybe more, if you’d like. You can make gravy with that liquid after the chicken is done), and cook it on high for about one hour, then on low for four hours, or until it’s falling apart done. It used to be our weekly Sunday lunch after church, and we’d make mashed potatoes and other vegetables. It was like Thanksgiving every week. It smells SO GOOD!

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  2. Ooh, I like how you treat writing like a sport – increasing your endurance by slowly raising the daily goal. I frequently hear that people cook a few meals before November and then put them in the freezer so they only have to heat something up when there’s no time for cooking. I don’t cook a lot even when it’s not November, so I don’t really have that problem. šŸ˜›

    Also, give yourself permission to write crap. I’m sure you already know that, but there can never be enough reminders!

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  3. There’s a potato soup a friend of mine made that you can make in a big crock pot and then store in the fridge. We always have cans of soup and noodle things at the house throughout the year because it’s cheap and quick and you can find little soup bowls and potato bowls that way to so we’ll probably be eating a lot of that. There’s a pizza dip recipe that I enjoy making in the crockpot. There are a LOT of things I enjoy making in the crockpot. I’ll have to dig recipes out and send them your way. I’m very much pro “dump-it-in-the-crockpot-and-let-it-go”. Or even dump it and place it in the oven to cook.

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  4. NaNoWriMo is sneaking up on me again! I still need to finish the first half of my novel so that I can write part 2 in November. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I like that you’re building up to November by writing 1000 words every day. That’s a lot more discipline than I have right now.


  5. One can of tuna, roughly half a bag of pulverized potato chips, and a can of cream of celery soup. Microwave until it smells done, maybe 20 minutes. … This has been a recipe “invented” by my mom, who can’t cook on the stove without boiling everything over.


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