Main Entry: for·ti·fyHunker down, everyone, NaNo is coming.
Inflected Form(s): for·ti·fied; for·ti·fy·ing
Etymology: Middle English fortifien, from Anglo-French fortifier, from Late Latin fortificare, from Latin fortis strong
Date: 15th century
transitive verb : to make strong: as a : to strengthen and secure (as a town) by forts or batteries b : to give physical strength, courage, or endurance to
c : to add mental or moral strength to : encourage d : to add material to for strengthening or enriching
- A pen and index cards, for when ideas catch us unaware;
- A NaNoWriMo progress chart;
- Candy (in my case, two Tootsie Rolls);
- A writing prompt;
- A word prompt;
- An inspirational writing quote (in my case: I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. -- James Michener);
- A "NaNo buddy" -- one of those little capsules that grows into a sponge animal when you drop it in water;
- Three NaNo-themed stickers for adorning laptops, desktops, or supportive family members/pets; and
- An envelope marked "Break Seal Only In Case of Emergency"... contents unknown, but someone at the meeting said it saved her in 2006.
- A novel you love, preferably in the genre you're writing. Not something so amazing that it depresses you because you'll never be that good. Something aspirational-yet-achievable. That's why you're writing, right there. To make your readers feel the way this book made you feel.
- A novel that sucks, preferably in the genre you're writing. You can do better than this! Hell, you are doing better than this! And this joker got published! Ha! Keep writing, you'll beat the pants off this book.