NaNoWriMo Tip of The Week: Turn Off the Internet and Turn Up the Music

We are technically in the middle of week two of NaNoWriMo. How are you holding up? If you’re starting to slack, hopeful we can get you back on track.

For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s National Novel-Writing Month. This is an online project encouraging writers to write 50,000 words in the month of November (30 days).

Based on “20 Stunning Social Media Statistics Plus Infographic” an article written by Jeff Bullas, a digital marketing consultant, we spend at least 15 hours and 33 minutes a month on Facebook alone. Can you imagine how many words you can write in 15.5 hours?

Writing 50,000 words in 30 days, you need to focus. One of the most distracting tools of our time is the internet, more specifically social networks. Who doesn’t love keeping in touch with friends and family on Facebook, posting how they feel on Twitter, or updating their Instagram feed.

Suddenly, updating the blog is so important.

Art by: RequiredField, From: DeviantArt

Not during NaNoWriMo…

It all can wait. If you’ve scheduled a time where you decided you’re going to write, then you need to disappear within that time period. Turn off your internet – that includes your smart phone.

Turn off TweetDeck. TweetDeck makes socializing so convenient doesn’t it? TURN IT OFF! Being distracted by all the pop-ups will only break your line of thought, and distract you. Suddenly you’ve been sitting behind your computer for hours and barely have anything written down. This will only make you dread coming back and writing again the next day.

Get it done. When you turn off the internet there are no destractions. You will be forced to write. Not only will you be done sooner, but you will have a better story written. You will look forward writing the next day.

Turn up the music please. Music is such a blessing for writers. Not only does it set the mood, it helps inspire you into writing a better story. The faster the melody, the faster you will be typing. Music cuts you off from the world, it doesn’t allow for distracting noises to pass through. The result is: you zoning out and into your novel.

Choose your playlists wisely. The type of music you listen to can affect the type of book you write. If you’re looking to write a chick lit you’d want to listen to songs by Taylor swift (this is only one example of many). Listening to Florence + the Machines might help set the mood for a paranormal novel. Make sure you’ve chosen your playlist by now and stick to it. Later you can share the songs that inspired your novel with your readers!

Finally, treat the time you set for writing like you treat any meditation time. It’s within this period you get to escape into a peaceful place. Then why don’t you truly escape? Soon you will find yourself looking forward to time with your novel.

Read about NaNoWriMo tip: Trust Your Pen.

Are you a new NaNoWriMo participant? How is week two going for you? If you’re a veteran, what makes you keep coming back? What are some advice you’d like to give our new members?

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