Just in case you didn't know:
It is November 23.
I'm not ready to part from 2015, people.
Thanksgiving is on Thursday. And NaNoWriMo is over in one week. I have not yet reached the 30K mark.
I am finally sitting somewhere that is A. Not work, or B. Not a car, so I really have no excuse for not writing. But if you're like me, and you're looking for reasons to procrastinate, here are some tips from a Master* (Note: I have tried every single one of these, and they are guaranteed to work)
1. Write a Blog Post
You sit down, flex those writing fingers, turn on some music to set the mood, and . . . you can't remember what you were writing. It's all gone. Your plot, your characters, what are words? Before you panic, you can always stretch that writer's brain by writing a blog post. You'll end up with a page full of writing, and feel a sense of achievement. So maybe none of it was your novel, but you did something productive! Give yourself a pat on the back, writer.
2. Read a Book, or Three
3. Go to a Book Event
If you are feeling down about your book, I highly recommend going to watch another author talk about how wonderful it was to see their book in print. I had the (incredible) privilege of going to the final event of Marissa Meyer's Winter Tour** - and it was so much fun! Hearing her talk about her books and her characters made me want to write, and I really would have - if I hadn't had to drive home!
4. Go on a RoadtripK-pop for no apparent reason.*** I did one of those things while I drove down to Tennessee on Sunday.
There's nothing like a little fresh air to jumpstart that creative writer's brain. Go walk outside and talk over your plot problems with a bosom friend. You may not get anything on paper, but you'll feel refreshed.
6. Watch Death NoteDeath Note was an anime I never watched, but heard a ton about. Mostly about how incredible it was. So, naturally, I ignored it. But when I was too tired to write, I started watching Death Note instead, entirely on a whim. From the fascinating moral quandaries, to the great plotting and pacing, it's one of the most interesting distractions I've ever come across. And it inspired some great discussions!
7. Work on Christmas Presents
8. Take a Nap
Snoopy has it right. Sometimes you just need to curl up and take a nap. Scientists and other knowledgeable people also recommend it. And who argues with Snoopy and science?
9. Go Grocery Shopping
10. Sort All Those Emails Sitting In Your Inbox
And consider unsubscribing to the 2.5 thousand newsletters that are trying to get you to buy things.
11. Cook a Gourmet Meal
11. Wash the Dishes
13. Or If You're Not Into Twitter, There's Instagram
15. Let's Not Forget Pinterest
16. And Catching Up On Your Favorite Blogs is Always a Good Idea
18. Play a Board Game
20. Write a Different Novel
Because words on the page are words on the page. Even if they aren't on the same page.
Need more ideas? Too bad - I'm going back to writing my novel, :)
How is your November going? If you're doing NaNo, how is your word count?
*Not to brag, or anything, but I am really good at procrastinating.
**The book event was masquerade ball themed! It was worth missing two days of writing. And Marissa Meyer was fabulous to listen to :) (Author of The Lunar Chronicles)
***To be honest, I don't even know how we ended up with the K-pop. I've never really listened to it before. Okay, other than this Shinhwa song/video. But it's strangely mesmerizing.
****Bizarre for Michigan. Michigan November usually means pouring rain, and then loads of snow, or both. So I wanted to spend as much time outside as possible.