Let the Games Begin!
I am so incredibly excited to get started with the NaNoWriMo Pre-game! For those of you involved, today’s post topic should be “How are you inspired to write?” Feel free to play with that idea and make it into whatever you want. You might notice how I phrased that question, by the way (“how” instead of “what”). I’ll be setting up a score card to judge each contender’s post with, so stay on topic, but have fun with it.
My New Favorite App
If you have an Android (I haven’t checked to see if I can put it on my iPad, too), you absolutely have to install Write-O-Meter before November! This app is absolutely amazing.
I’ve already set up a book to write during October, as well as my NaNoWriMo novel. If you need motivation to write every day, and you’re driven by visually seeing your progress, this app is priceless. Well, actually it’s literally priceless, too, because it’s free.
What I like the best is the app’s smart-aleck questions when you go to exit something. Like the pomodoro feature—if you click to exit, it gives you two options: “Keep working!” or “I’m a failure.” That totally cracks me up! (By the way, after you make your choice, wait until you see the next screen…Such a riot.)
Need a break, or just procrastinating? (My Top 10 List)
If you’re not use to making yourself write even when you’re mentally exhausted, let me give you the heads up: Everything will seem more important between day 3 and day 22. You need to figure out, though, if it’s really important enough to miss a day’s word count or if you’re just procrastinating.
If your dishes are piling up to the ceiling, but they don’t stink yet, you’re procrastinating.
If the food in your fridge starts to grow fuzzy tentacles, take a break and throw away your fridge.
If your husband needs something, check that his legs still work, and then get back to writing.
If your legs fall off, keep writing—you only need your fingers.
If there is a power outage, melt some crayons around a wick, light it, and Jane Austen your way through it.
If your fingers get blisters, take an aspirin, put Duct Tape over the blisters, and trudge on.
If you notice your ribs are suddenly showing, take a break and munch on a cookie.
If your coffee pot is empty, quit writing! It’s a losing battle.
If the President sends you a DM on Twitter, respond with “#amwriting Busy until December 1st.” Keep writing.
You’re ready to burn all your books, because you’re angry at the writers for getting it done: Take a 15 minute break to prevent burnout.
With those (oh-so-practical) tips in mind, I’m sure you’ll have no problems getting a handle on things.
Have fun and keep me informed of your progress.
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