When I was younger, I cycled.
I was on the UC Davis cycling team for a couple of years. After I graduated, I stopped racing but I didn’t stop cycling. My husband and I completed several centuries a year until we got a dog and had to switch to mountain biking.
Cycling huge mileage (100 to 200 miles) is an endeavor one doesn’t do on the spur of the moment unless you’re young and stupid. Months, or at least weeks, of preparation will ensure successfully completing a “century” in one piece.
And on the night before this big event, cyclists of all abilities do one thing to stave off the ginormous energetic drain that cycling all day can do:
Obviously, I don’t expect you to eat a huge pasta meal the night before NewNoWriMo. But writing every day for 29 days will drain your mental and creative energy. You won’t be able to make it past the first week unless you do the equivalent of carbo loading – now.
And just what is the equivalent of carbo loading?
That’s right, reading. You need to fuel your inner muse by reading (or watching your favorite TV show will do, too). So, today, after you have made sure all your pencils are sharpened, your laptop is fully charged, and that you’ve staked out the perfect desk at the library, re-read a favorite book. Or pick up a new-to-you novel by one of your favorite authors. Or maybe you don’t want to start a novel less than a week before Feb 1st. Instead, get a short story anthology (maybe this one). Short stories are often full of creative ideas that can fuel your muse and get you through a month of creation.
Until the start of NewNoWriMo, read.
By the way, for those who have opted to join in officially (by adding your name here, also please comment on any of these posts so that I get your email address), we have prizes!
For those who complete their goals (I’ll need to see proof!), I’ll randomly pick your name from a hat and you can win one of the following:
- A book cover designed and produced by a graphic artist! – Joe Bailey, my writing buddy and professional graphic artist (he produced this cover and our NewNoWriMo logos) has generously offered to design and create a book cover for you. Woohoo!
- A $50 Amazon gift card! – Delivered to your email inbox. Go wild and buy a bunch of books after you spend all that time writing one.
- A box of chocolates! – I’ll need your shipping address for this one, but if you don’t want the calories, I can swap this out for a $25 Amazon gift card.
Now, if the idea of seeing your magus opus finished can’t inspire you to write every day in February, maybe one of the above prizes will.