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#StayHomeWriMo: An initiative to support and encourage you to stay well and find comfort in creativity in these trying times.

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1. Mental Well-Being: Treat yourself to some reading time! Use your library’s e-book list, or if you can, buy it from bookshop.org.

2. Creative Well-Being: Writing prompt: Interview one of your own characters about what their social distancing experience would look like. 

3. Social Well-Being: Offer to video chat with a toddler or child. Sing songs, play a game, let them give you a tour of their toys.

4. Physical Well-Being: Set a bedtime for yourself tonight. Give your body the gift of a little structure for a day.

#StayHomeWriMo: An initiative to support and encourage you to stay well and find comfort in creativity in these trying times.

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1. Mental Well-Being: Spend half an hour learning a different language. Try an online platform like Duolingo!

2. Creative Well-Being: Sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo at nanowrimo.org! Set your own goal to whatever feels doable to you in April.

3. Social Well-Being: Check in on someone you know who’s isolated alone, and see if you can help in any way.

4. Physical Well-Being: Spa day! Take a long hot shower or bath. Do a face mask. Aaaah.

#StayHomeWriMo: An initiative to support and encourage you to stay well and find comfort in creativity in these trying times.

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A yellow and teal graphic titled “#StayHomeWriMo: Day 2 Self-Care Checklist”

1. Mental Well-Being: Get some fresh air! Open a window or go on a solo walk around a quiet neighborhood. 

2. Creative Well-Being: Go outside (if you safely can). Put on your writer hat (or mittens). Try to notice 5 things to write about!

3. Social Well-Being: Join our #StayHomeWriMo Happy Hour!

4. Physical Well-Being: Choose one of your favorite songs, turn it up, and have a three-minute dance party!

#StayHomeWriMo: An initiative to support and encourage you to stay well and find comfort in creativity in these trying times.

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A yellow and teal graphic titled “#StayHomeWriMo: Day 2 Self-Care Checklist”

1. Mental Well-Being: Make two quick lists: things you’re grateful for now, and things you’ll be grateful to get back to in the future.

2. Creative Well-Being: Writing Prompt: Write about a secret you or a character have been keeping.

3. Social Well-Being: Get together with some friends for a virtual movie night! (You can use an app like Netflix Party.)

4. Physical Well-Being: Try an online exercise or stretching class, any level.

#StayHomeWriMo: An initiative to support and encourage you to stay well and find comfort in creativity in these trying times.

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1. Mental Well-Being: Take a few minutes to read a poem, whether an old favorite or a new one.

2. Creative Well-Being: Writing exercise: Set your text to white and try writing in invisible mode. No inner editors allowed!

3. Social Well-Being: Join our Virtual Write-In. Invite a friend to join, too!

4. Physical Well-Being: Memorize a 20-second passage from your favorite book to recite whenever you wash your hands.

#StayHomeWriMo: An initiative to support and encourage you to stay well and find comfort in creativity in these trying times.

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A yellow and teal graphic titled “#StayHomeWriMo: Day 2 Self-Care Checklist”

1. Mental Well-Being: Set a 10 minute timer to stretch, meditate, or just breathe deeply. 

2. Creative Well-Being: Writing exercise: pick 5 words at random from different blog posts, tweets, or articles and use them all in a scene. 

3. Social Well-Being: Start a group chat just for sharing funny gifs.

4. Physical Well-Being: If you can, try out a new recipe! If you’ve got older kids, get them to help too. 

Last week, we sent out a survey asking how we could help make the coming weeks easier, more fun, and less stressful for you. Literally thousands of people responded and asked us to provide extra resources, activities, and opportunities for online connection.

That’s why we’re launching #StayHomeWriMo—an initiative to support and encourage you to stay well and find comfort in creativity in these trying times. Sure, the whole world might be keeping its physical distance from each other (please do), but that doesn’t mean we have to distance ourselves from our creative lives (please don’t).

NaNoWriMo’s staff has been working remotely over Slack, video conferencing, email, and G-chat to bring you a bevy of creative activities and self-care check-ins. #StayHomeWriMo is flexible so you can adapt it to fit your social distancing, schedule, and overall well-being, whether that’s writing fiction, journaling about this time in your life, being mindful of your emotional and physical health, or just making social connections at a safe distance. Each (week)day for the rest of March, we’ll post a checklist of prompts to help your mental, physical, social, and creative well-being.

  • Want to jump in early on a full creative project? You can start a project on the NaNoWriMo site now and customize the dates to your needs. 
  • Home with school-aged kids and need help keeping them busy? Sign them up on ywp.nanowrimo.org for age-specific resources and a youth-friendly writing space! 
  • Juggling pre-school aged kids and work and have zero down time for writing? Lean in on the mental, physical, and social check-ins and connect with other like-minded writers with no time to write in the comments of our social media, on our forums, and in your own spaces.

Get more details on #StayHomeWriMo on our website at https://nanowrimo.org/stayhomewrimo and please share this with your friends and loved ones who might be looking for new ways to connect and stay well.

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1. Mental Well-Being: Put your phone in a drawer for half an hour and give yourself a break from the news and social media

2. Creative Well-Being: Writing prompt: Write about a character who’s stuck inside. How do they feel about it? Why are they there?

3. Social Well-Being: Write and mail a letter to a friend or family member.

4. Physical Well-Being: Take note of where the tensest points in your body are. Take three deep breaths while relaxing those muscles!