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The Distraction Fast

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Oct 27, 2014 6:02:25 AM

Let's face it: NaNoWriMo gobbles up your free time. Sure, there may be time to squeeze in an episode of The Walking Dead, but there's absolutely no time for anything else. Okay, I forgot about the release of Mockingjay on November 21. You have to take time out to go see that. You're only human. And, you know what, I completely forgot about watching all those cat videos on YouTube. We all need our daily cat video fix. So, by all means, get those in too. But there's absolutely no other way you should be spending your free time other than writing…unless you want to post 80 pictures of your breakfast on Instagram. People need to see that. On second thought, given the enormous amount of distractions out there, I don't see how you're going to be able to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

 

Here's a crazy thought: Why not just forgo those distractions during the 30-day writing marathon? Set them aside and get back to them when December rolls around. Call it a distraction fast. Cut out the TV watching, the movie going, and the nonessential social media activity. The only essential social media activity is your regular NaNoWriMo status update. The one thing I wouldn't give up is the time you spend with real live human beings in a non-virtual setting. Human contact is essential to the writing process so make time to be with the people in your life.

 

November means one thing: You write. You write like you've never written before. You write like a fiend. There is no time for distractions.

 

-Richard

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