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Nanowrimo Anticipation!



Tomorrow is a big day, and not just because of the crazy sugar withdrawals.

Tomorrow is the first day of NANOWRIMO!

New story. New characters. New setting.

I can hardly wait!

And while I’m waist-deep in story world, my family will not starve, and our home will not turn into a complete trash pile.  At least it didn’t the last two time I won Nano.

Here’s the ticket (well, what worked for me anyway):

1. Plan out the entire month’s menu repeating meals each week. This makes even the grocery shopping a breeze.

2. Have a plan to involve the kiddos in maintaining a somewhat livable home.

3. Schedule writing time each day and commit to that time. I use a timer to stay focused.

4. Avoid online distractions. Try a program like RescueTime. I love this.

5. Cut out extra commitments, which means saying “no” sometimes. It’s so much harder than it sounds.

6. Learn to be comfortable with lower household standards. You can clean it up in December.

7. Get up a little earlier each morning. Ouch! I know this one hurts but it will be worth it.

8. DON’T get behind.


Here’s the Nelson family menu November:

Mondays – lasagna (It’s already made and in the freezer)

Tuesdays – Crockpot Italian Chicken and broccoli

Wednesday – soup (already made at Safeway) and yummy bread

Thursday – Taco/burrito night

Friday – rice bowls with veggies and leftover taco meat and beans

Saturday – homemade pizza (the kids do a lot of this one)

Sunday – make your own


Happy writing!

Are you doing Nanowrimo? What’s your battle plan?

Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.


  • Gramma

    just checking…Nanowrimo is over and you said you’d completed the task…does that mean you’re not having rice bowls with veggies and the meat that wasn’t left over from last nights tacos?

  • Christina

    I just finished making the rice bowls. It is still November! 🙂 Wow. I’d better get the menu together for next month. Back to something different every night. I’m ready!

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