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Are you gearing up for the big ‘NaNoWriMo’ challenge? Sharpen those pencils


What is your plan for “NaNoWriMo” this year?

I’m in a position where I have both the motivation and some extra hours available to try the November challenge this year, and I’m determined to reach their one-month 50,000+ words goal.

Have you signed on yet? Give it a shot.

Which brings me to the point of this post: How are you, literally, “gearing up” for the challenge? Do you prefer using a desktop computer, a laptop computer, both — or perhaps something more basic like good old paper and pens or pencils?

As my carpel tunnel syndrome symptoms will attest, I spend far too much time pounding on a keyboard. I’m thinking of breaking out some dusty spiral bound notebooks I have laying around this clutter and trying my hand at pen or pencils. As far as pens, I prefer something of the “gel pen” nature because it writes more smoothly and generally more clearly than an old-fashioned “ball point” pen (is that term even used these days?) does. Regarding pencils, I really like some of those simple, cheap plastic mechanical pencils out there. My wife uses one for her constant crossword puzzling and she’s almost converted me. Still, there’s a nice craftsman-like feeling about sharpening a regular No. 2 pencil, too.

What are you doing for NaNoWriMo? Care to tell us?