NaNoWriMo Tip #5!

Indulge yourself in ONE motivational tool or item!

Motivation is one of the biggest parts of NaNoWriMo…writing a novel in a month is HARD!  For that reason, I’m a big advocate of finding new creative ways to motivate yourself.  That’s also a reason why I’ve never tried a boot-camp style of working out…I prefer to find ways to enjoy what I’m doing (even if I have to “fake it ’til you make it” on days when enjoying it is tough).  Treat yourself BEFORE you’ve won, let alone started the race!

This tip is absolutely nothing new and I take no credit for coming up with it…lots of writers purchase a new pen or notebook at the beginning of a new project, for example.  So I encourage you to acquire something that will almost be like a souvenir for NaNoWriMo 2017!  Here are some of my suggestions:

  1. yankeecandle
    Cinnamon Chai

    A new candle in a scent you love for productivity (not relaxing!)…I bought a crackling wick-style Yankee Candle specifically for NaNoWriMo writing!  The sound of the wick burning is great for white noise if that’s what you need to focus.

  2. leatherjournal
    pic courtesy of MoonAndHare

    A writing journal so beautiful you’ll be LOOKING for reasons to write in it…writer’s block solved!

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    Down to business

    Mug for coffee, tea, wine…whatever you need!  I bought mine (pictured) years ago from a local yarn shop, but you can find one of your own on Amazon or design your own on CafePress!  This will be your designated writing/drinking vessel!

  4. writedrunkeditsober
    Wise words!

    Find a quote about writing that speaks to you, keep it in your designated writing area.  Frame it, print it onto your mousepad, set it as your laptop wallpaper or paste it on the first page of your journal/notebook.

  5. musicforwriting
    Mood music…

    If you love writing to music, find a station or album that has already been curated for you.  Amazon Prime or Unlimited members can find lots for free, but you can also go with any of the many apps that allow you to set the mood for your writing.  YouTube also is a goldmine of playlists.

What will your NaNoWriMo 2017 souvenir be?


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  1. Kristi

    Interesting concept. I buy a NaNo t-shirt for every year I participate, which generally fills that purpose (I have one for every year except the first year I participated. I’ve tried to find one from that year, but have been unsuccessful.) In recent years, I’ve taken to pre-ordering the winner’s shirt (no pressure!).


      • Kristi

        Sometimes, yes. I met a fellow Wrimo several years back when I was at a garage sale at her house. She spotted my shirt halfway across the garage and asked if it was a NaNoWriMo shirt, and then we started talking.
        Most of the time, though, they look at my shirt and get confused trying to decipher what it’s saying, which gives me a chance to explain it.


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