Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Fabulous Five: Things to Do Instead of Writing

It's week one of Nanowrimo! How're we all doing out there? Writing too much and need a distraction? Prefer to procrastinate? I hear that! It's why I've decided to mention a few things you could be doing instead:

1.) Get out of the writing cave and replace the office chair with your couch. Invite your family and friends over, and get ready to play an awesome co-op video game called OvercookedStressed out and flipping burgers in an ill-designed kitchen equals immediate fun!


Overcooked

"You don't truly know a person until they've screamed bloody murder at you for failing to add a slice of tomato to a virtual burger bun." ~ Mark Walton with Ars Technica

2.) Instead of putting words onto paper, try covering them with a sharpie marker. Creating a blackout poem can be calming and therapeutic, especially when you should be writing.

They help themselves to the open pocket.
Then hide behind the bounty.

3.) Create a November book reading challenge for yourself. How about pulling books off your shelf that have numbers in the title? 

November "Count Down" Reading Challenge
1. Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker - New Adult
2. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan - Middle Grade
3. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage - Middle Grade
4. Boy 21 by Matthew Quick - Young Adult
5. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson - Middle Grade
4.) Speaking of reading, maybe you should spend some quality time crafting a decent bookmark. I highly recommend one for the corner, because it marks the actual page you're reading and when you pick up your book too fast, it flies out like a ninja throwing star. Cool, right? You can even make them shaped like hearts.

No, I Mean Ninja Throwing Star.

5.) Cook something tasty and treat yourself, but do it in a super adorable and time consuming way that will drive everyone around you crazy...sort of like Tiny Kitchen.

Tiny Donuts by Tiny Kitchen

When you get all that out of your system, you might be ready to visit Joanna Penn's blog post called Productivity for Writers: Five Ways to Become More Productive. Then, of course, go back to your office chair and write, write, write.

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"Don't get it right, get it written." ~ Ally Carter, Author

Monday, November 06, 2017

Comfortable Enough to Write

How awesome is this article: Everything You Need to Create Your Perfect NaNoWriMo Writing Nook? Especially since I contributed a little something to it. That's right...one thing I always have near me is a dog bed or two for my writing companions, Tilly and Tango. It needs to be thick and cozy and well off the cold basement floor.

Writing Nook: Down the Chute and Hang a Right

We're Fine! Keep Writing...

The article had some other great suggestions, like the sound of silence! I would love to give these portable acoustic panels a try. My other favorite was the Ikea cat cube, a great place to tuck a lazy chihuahua. The article was written by fellow NaNoWriMo participant, Miranda Benson, so go check out her other great ideas and maybe leave a comment with some of your own.

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Q: Like, Where's My Coffee?
A: It's one step outside your comfort zone, plus another fifty! Down the hall, up the stairs, and in the farthest corner of the kitchen.
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