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NaNoWriMo Prep Sessions – Week 4 | Your Reading List and Treats!

Welcome back, NaNonites! How is your NaNoWriMo prep going? Are you feeling ready yet? Have you stocked up on tea and snacks? GOOD!

Honestly, friends, this is the best part. You’ve done the hard work, and the worst is behind you (unless you count NaNoWriMo itself, I guess). Characters are created, worlds are ready to be explored, and your plot is developed – it’s time we had some fun! 😉

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We’re doing two awesome things today: we’re setting our reading lists, and we’re setting our rewards. It’s important to stay inspired when you have a monster deadline, and it’s important to stay motivated. Your reading list takes care of the former, and your rewards will ensure the latter.

Let’s start with your reading list!

Your reading list is a good place for your favourite authors. Re-reading a book you’ve loved before also works; anything to keep your inspiration going!

I have a whole shelf of books that inspired me to write better, but next month, I’ll be reading new books by my favourite authors.

I know I’ll love these and the wait has been hard, but we all make sacrifices for NaNoWriMo, am I right?

Here’s what’s on my list:


The Language of Thorns


I’m pretty confident I won’t get through all three, but it’s better to have more lined up just in case than to not have enough when you really need a boost!

I recommend No Plot? No Problem!, the guide to NaNoWriMo by Chris Baty himself! He invented NaNo, so he knows what he’s talking about. Also, this hilarious book will make you feel less alone and motivated, which is a huge plus during NaNo!

If you’re worried you’ll get stuck, take a look at why I’ll be writing my NaNo WIP in Scrivener. It’s made writing so much easier for me, and I haven’t got stuck once thanks to Scrivener’s index cards and full-screen mode. Not getting stuck is kind of a big deal during NaNoWriMo!

You’re all set to get through the month now. It’s time to treat yourself!

The books you’ve wanted for months? Go for it! That jumper you saw the other week? Pop it on the list! That concert you’ve been wanting to go to? Sounds like a well-earned treat for writing 50K!

How you do this is entirely up to you. These are your rewards, after all! They only need to be exciting enough to motivate you to keep writing. Be strict with yourself – if you don’t hit the word count, you don’t get the treat. What’s the point otherwise?

How many goals you set, and whether you reward yourself as soon as you hit your targets, is also entirely up to you. I set three – one at 15K (nice and easy to reach), one at 30K (over halfway there!), and one for reaching the final goal of 50K (you’ve made it! WOO!). Make sure that last reward is a big one; the more you want it, the better. When you feel like giving up, it’s your reason to write on.

I reward myself as I reach my goals because it’s a nice little treat partway through the month (never mind a surge of motivation), but if you’d rather wait until you hit 50K that’s fine, too.

These are my rewards:


The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft

(That’s right, my reward for writing all the words is more research material. What can I say, I know how to live.)


Okay, so, what’s happened here is that I’m an indecisive kitten and don’t know what I want because I kinda want all four but I’m supposed to be a responsible grown-up and save money but they’re all so pretty??

And the worst part is, THERE’S MORE? AND IT’S NANOWRIMO SO I DESERVE IT?? If you thought you’d chosen your rewards allow me to ruin that and show you Cait aka paperfury’s shop on society6. You’re welcome.


The Well of Ascension

The Hero of Ages

I read The Final Empire a couple of months ago and need these. What’s more motivation than two sequels you desperately need to read, am I right? If these don’t see me all the way to 50K, nothing will.

We’re almost there! I have one more post for you next week and then NaNoWriMo will be upon us!

If you’re reading this prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo in April or July, you’re also welcome to join my cabin! Declare a project, let me know your username, and I’ll add you 🙂

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What’s on your reading list, NaNonite? What are your rewards, and how will you treat yourself?

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