{NANO PIT STOP #1} 40 ways to celebrate the start of nano


HAPPY NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH, MY FRENS! Every writer’s favorite/worst favorite time of year has arrived at last, and we have approximately twenty-six (and a half) days left until we can sleep again.




But that’s not what this post is about! There are a lot of cons about nano (no sleep, rushed schedule, etc.) but this November I’m planning a post series on how to keep you positive, motivated, excited, and focused on your novel. So what better way to kick off the series than to celebrate?


What is there to celebrate, Audrey? you might be thinking. I’m already tired and even though my novel is going fine now, I know it will start to go bad. Always around the 15th or so.


That may be so (unless you start on the 11th, like I did last year), but negativity is the easiest way to lose nano. Nano should be a celebration, not a chore; it’s a month of committing yourself to writing with hundreds of other writers across the globe, each adventuring into novels as unique as themselves. Admit it: nano is awesome.


Maybe when it’s OVER and I have my novel done, you might be thinking. And yes, completing a novel is great, but what about starting one? Do we ever celebrate that?


So, my friends, here is a list of ways YOU can get pumped about this month and celebrate NaNoWriMo and your novel:



1. Throw a party with other writers

[it can be virtual]


2. Attend a nano write-in near you

[even if you’re introverted]


3. Eat pizza

[or whatever your favorite food is]


4. Plan to print out your novel at the end of the month



5. Design a book cover for your novel

[even if you’re a terrible graphic designer. It’s just for memory sakes]


6. Imagine what publisher, agent, and editor you would want for your novel

[seriously amazing to think about]


7. Convince a friend to participate in nano

[a lot of you did a great job with that last year —> I was convinced]


8. Dance around the living room like no one’s watching

[if they are, just ignore them]


9. Write a letter to your characters for when they reach the end of your novel

[they’ll need the apology]


10. Go buy a new notebook

[you can never have enough]


11.  Make yourself a warm drink and take the night off

[or not]


12. Create a playlist for your novel

[if you haven’t already]


13. Create an aesthetic pinterest board for your novel

[if you already have, make another]


14. Go someplace that looks like a setting in your novel

[without traveling halfway around the world]


15. Write a review for your novel from a reader’s point of view, about how phenomenal it was

[this is seriously encouraging]


16.  Throw confetti



 17. Make a collage for your novel



18. Get some nano merchandise

[if you’re not broke :P]


19. Eat meatballs

[idk but they’re good]


20. Have some more caffeine

[but make sure someone’s monitoring your consumption]


21. Go for a walk

[this is probably better advice than the above]


22. Write what your characters will be doing twenty years from now.

[i.e. play match-maker 😉]


23.  Plot the sequel

[before the sequel plots itself]


24. Spend a day pretending you’re your protagonist

[considering your protagonist is probably likable]


25. Spend a day pretending you’re your villain

[just kidding]


26. Do a word-war

[and preferably win 😉 ]


27. Did you know Scrivener is 50% off if you win nano?

[so go buy it when you’re done]


28. Take a nap

[before you have all that caffeine]


29. Draw a map of your setting

[because maps are life]


30. Think up who you want to alpha read your novel when it’s ready

[and end up with an incredibly long list]


31. Go to a bookstore and picture your novel on one of the shelves there

[oooh scary]


32. Tell someone you’re doing nano

[*distant screaming*]


33. Jump on a trampoline

[while reading a book]


34. Spend three hours daydreaming about your novel

[ten times more fun than writing it]


35. Jump into a pile of leaves

[or feathers]


36. Admit that this list is beginning to get ridiculous

[because I’m running out of things to say]


37. But that’s not the point

[you knew I was going to say that]


38. Because staying positive



39. And keeping it fun.



40. Is the most important thing about nano =)




audrey caylin


p.s. I passed my driving test on Monday. Thank you all for your prayers!




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  • Reply
    November 4, 2017 at 7:38 am

    This is an epiclly awesome list!! I love it!! <3 My novel takes place in the woods so I'm hoping to move my work out there sometime this month and enjoy the fall weather. =) It's going pretty well so far, I'm a tiny bit ahead. I didn't stock up on writing snacks though. Big mistake. ;P
    Thanks for sharing! I look forward to doing some stuff on the list!

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      Audrey Caylin
      November 6, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Thank you! It was a blast to write 😀

      Ooh, writing in the woods sounds awesome! The leaves… the smells…. I bet you’ll get some amazing vibes for your book there.
      *gasp* GO GET SNACKS. Nanoers cannot survive without snacks.
      Thanks for reading! <3

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        November 14, 2017 at 8:06 am

        Haha, thanks. Yeah, the woods give a lot of good inspiration.
        I finally got myself snacks!! *pants* It’s been to long. 😉

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    November 4, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I seriously love this soooo much!!😆 Seriously, some of the things I most want to do are create a Pinterest board (I have one, but it’s very empty!), create a cover (because WHAT!), and ahhhh printing it out would be AWESOME. But pizza totally sounds good too…cheesy, yummy, stuffed crust pizza… I also really, really wanna make a playlist!! So far, I’m at 4,000 something words, which were mostly written last night😅 I’m starting to feel good about it. I’m getting to the good parts in my story!
    This was long, oops😅 What have you done to celebrate, Audrey??

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      Audrey Caylin
      November 6, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Aaaah thank you, Riley <33

      GO DO ALL THE STUFF. It's seriously fun. I'm hoping to print out all my drafts from this year once I'm done with nano.

      That's awesome! NaNo is a great excuse to write for hours on end xD I hope writing keeps going epicly for you <3

      My celebrating has been lame so far: I've taken half a dozen naps and taken a few nights off. Pretty boring, but I was too sick to protest 😛 I did kinda dance around yesterday though....

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    November 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Haha this is the best list! Pizza, meatballs, and coffee are probably some of my favs
    Good luck on NANO and congrats on passing your driver’s test!

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      November 6, 2017 at 8:40 am

      YASSS. I’ve never had them all together though… 😉

      Thank you! <3

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    Lila Kims
    November 4, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Okay, so this is HILARIOUS. And perhaps the best NaNo-related list I’ve read thus far!!! 😀

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      November 6, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Eeeep, thank you, Lila! I’m glad you enjoyed. 😀

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    November 4, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Haha, this post was AWESOME, Audrey!! #9 cracked me up. Congratulations on passing your drivers test!!!


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      Audrey Caylin
      November 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Yeah xD I’m apologizing to my characters as I go too (I’ve yet to kill any yet….)

      Thank you 🙂

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    November 4, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    THESE ARE ALL SO ENCOURAGING <3 It's like an inspirational aesthetic word board for writers?? (That didn't make any sense. I'm blaming NaNo for that. My brain on strike.)

    (I have problems with doing #34 too often… daydreaming is much easier than writing the story!)
    Jem Jones

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      Audrey Caylin
      November 6, 2017 at 8:43 am

      AAAH THANK YOU. No, no, I get what you’re saying. My brain is kinda…. droopy… too (not that THAT made any sense either 😛 )

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    November 5, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I love this list so much! I feel like I should print it out and hang it on my wall (maybe I’ll do that).

    As for NaNo: I am surviving and still writing. It’s going a lot better than I expected, which is great.

    Many congrats on passing your driver’s test!

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      Audrey Caylin
      November 6, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Aw, thank you, Keira! I’m glad you enjoyed it 😀

      That’s awesome! I hope it keeps going well for you *sends you all the writerly motivation and inspiration*

      Thank you 🙂

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    Savannah Grace
    November 9, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    This list was SO great, Audrey! I may or may not have already done the ‘list of alphas’ thing before you even posted this ;D. And I’m glad you passed your driver’s test! Go you, girl! <3

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      November 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Haha, yeah xD

      Thank you, Savannah! <3

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