NaNoWriMo Tip #3 – Cut Out All Distractions

It’s almost a no-brainer to cut out all distractions when you write during NaNoWriMo. Yet, it’s sad how many writers make this simple mistake. They plop down in front of their television with food on the coffee table surrounded by family, friends, or a lonely pet, expecting to get something done.

The television will call your name. The video games will plea for quality time. And all your loved ones won’t care that you’re trying to get work done, they’ll bother you anyway.

To some degree, it’s a good skill to be able to write wherever, whenever. The writers who have perfected this skill have practiced a lot and are good at tuning people out and sticking to their word count goals. And let’s face it, sometimes we don’t have the luxury of running off to our hidey-hole, removed from the world.

However, for novices, I’d highly recommend finding a place removed from temptations. Once writer’s block kicks in, you’re tired and drained, but you know you should write another 1,000 words, the television will become as attractive as an oasis in a desert on a scorching hot day. Don’t let it.

Find your sanctuary. Maybe it’s at the library (My personal favorite). Maybe it’s at the coffee shop (Unless you’re a pro, this could become a distraction). Maybe you’ve got a nice dark and dank den in your basement to write a horror novel. Whatever it is, go there and write. You’ll be glad you did.

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