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What is in My Writer's Emergency Kit

NaNoWriMo is coming up fast.

I've been diving deep into creative mode, getting ready. I've been getting to know my characters, the settings and the timeline for my NaNoWriMo novel.

What I have not been doing, though, is actually writing scenes. I really need to court my other series of novels a little better than I have been the last couple of weeks, even though

I have been doing the background work on those in tandem with Nothing Ventured (my NaNo novel finally has a name, yay!).

I need to start writing scenes and text again, not just background work.

But why? You ask. 

Because something really strange happens to me when I write scenes. I don't graze.

My waistline will testify to the fact that I am a habitual grazer. 

While I was doing my NaNoWriMo warm up last month, I discovered that I wasn't grazing.

At all. I had a plastic tote in my bedroom filled with snack food set aside for writing, but I didn't care. All I cared about was getting the next paragraph onto the page.

I was so immersed in my writing that I didn't care about food. My husband would have to come into the bedroom and remind me that I had a plate full of food sitting beside me.

More than one bowl of soup, more than one pizza slice, went cold sitting there, forgotten while I tapped out another scene in Teo and Aowynn's lives.

What's the magic? I have no idea. But it works. I haven't written a scene in over a week, and every night this week, I've gone to bed feeling bloated and stuffed from sitting and munching while I watch movies with hubby.

Not so good.

So I need to spend time writing again. Actual story writing, and not just background goodies.

That said, I still have my "Writer's Emergency Survival Kit" stored up. I got the idea from a NaNoWriMo Prep pep talk.

My kit has evolved, expanded past the little plastic tub it was in, and has moved into a drawer in my file cabinet, where I also keep my stock of candles. I still have my other tub, which is full of blank notebooks, extra cartridges for my fountain pen, extra pens, and writing books. My snack kit is full of Hostess cakes, Red Vines, Swedish Fish and York patties (so glad all the Halloween candy is out!). I've also stocked up on my favorite teas for this occasion.

sage wolfsong blog graphic - what's in my writers emergency kit

Here's the complete list: 
Writing Kit: (contains affiliate links... you can read more about how I use these on my about page, here)

Emergency Snack kit: (with more affiliate links) 
  • 1 4# tub of Red Vines
  • 2 14 oz bags of Swedish Fish
  • An assortment of Hostess snack cakes (Ding Dongs, Ho Ho's and cupcakes)
  • 1# bag of York peppermint patties
  • 16 pack of individual snack packs of coconut crackers
  • 3 #'s of various chex mix snacks (I've been cruising Pinterest for recipes)
  • 3 or 4 dozen oatmeal cookies in the freezer
  • 4 boxes of my favorite herbal fruit teas
  • 3 boxes of my favorite herbal teas
  • 2 boxes of other herbal teas that appeal to me.
Some of these items, I know I'll demolish while writing, like the teas and the oatmeal cookies. The rest, it might still be sitting in my drawer, waiting to be eaten, on December 1.
But I'm okay with that. The main idea is that the stuff is there if I have a total breakdown and need to raid the snack stock. 
*Update, August 28, 2017: I'm starting to warm up for NaNo again this year, but so much has changed. I'll be doing another blog post closer to November 1, about what's in my survival kit this year, and how we are planning ahead to make NaNoWriMo less stressful with three writers in the house.
*This post originally appeared on one of my old blogs, on Oct. 6, 2016. I will be moving the blog posts over to sagewolfsong.com gradually.*

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