After many years of coercion and nagging, Missouri finally made me consent to take part in NaNoWriMo (a statement which was made under duress, I might add, just so she would shut up about it).

I’ve voiced my opinion of NaNo in the past, most recently here. I find that deadlines are overrated, and since they don’t so much whoosh by me as run me over with roughly the same force as a freight train, the idea of choosing to write for a deadline sounds like very much like volunteering to spend a weekend in a pit of poisonous snakes. Just for the fun of it.

My “free” time is spoken for in the month of June (and possibly July), but I believe that training is in order, at least a few weeks in advance [cue “Eye of the Tiger” and training montage a la Buffy. “I thought it was gonna be like in the movies. You know, inspirational music … a montage, me sharpening my pencils, me reading, writing, falling asleep on a big pile of books with my glasses all crooked (’cause in my montage I have glasses)…”].

Yeah, it might be starting a little early. But I know that I write best when I have a set schedule, and sadly, my current position prevents that. So I need to find a way to work around it.

I will not be joining as part of the typewriter brigade; I know that much already. I write faster on the computer and I don’t have a practical work space where I can set up and leave a typewriter, and since most of my writing will be done when Missouri is asleep…well, I like my head intact.

I have a very, very rough outline written down. I want to get all of my research done in advance (or as much of it as I can). So I put the rest to you, NaNo veterans: What do you do to prepare yourself for a month of nonstop writing?