While I hope that no wrimo will ever suffer a melt-down mid-month, it’s best to be prepared! Therefore, spend some time this week assembling a writerly emergency kit.
I personally haven’t done this, but one idea is to find a box—nothing too big; something like a shoebox will do—and fill it with things that are comforting and inspiring. Maybe a copy of your favorite book? Or a few bars of your favorite chocolate? You can also try copying down some of your favorite inspirational quotes onto a sheet of paper or a small notebook, and keeping that in there. And why not, throw in a shock blanket, some stress balls, and maybe a live puppy or two. You might be in need of some snuggles and a few wet kisses.
You can also try compiling something more virtual. Maybe start a Pinterest board! Or a Tumblr. Upload images that remind you of your characters and locales. Reblog sage advice from seasoned writers that you admire. Or write some reminders to yourself! I did that a few years back, and would look over it whenever I felt I needed a perspective correction or something to knock me out of self-pity. I found it very effective.
Have fun with your kit! Don’t feel the need to be limited by what I’ve just suggested. Use it rather as a springboard. After all, you know what you’ll need in the kit better than anyone else.
Readers — What’s going into your kit? This is what’s going into mine. (And yup, I’m gonna be compiling a physical kit this year!)
- Signed copy of Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints. And maybe American Born Chinese as well, for good measure.
- Several bars of Madécasse chocolate. And maybe some Sharffen Berger too.
- Print-out of my above-mentioned reminder-to-self.
- Print-out of my favorite writing-related quotes.
- My tartan wool blanket—if I’m not already wrapped in it come November.