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(If you want to hear about my NaNo novel this year,
1. Set deadlines and reward yourself when you crush them.I've set a lot of deadlines before, but I've only met a few of them. Why? Because I had a good reward waiting for me at the end. I spent last summer majorly editing my book so I could pitch it to publishers at Realm Makers. I've been editing a lot recently because I know in November I'm going to start querying publishers. Of course, your rewards don't have to be something as big as a writer's conference, but make sure it's something that motivates you. Tell yourself (or even have someone keep you accountable) that you can't watch a movie or read this book until you've written X amount of words.
2. Epic SoundtracksI'm a huge fan of listening to movie soundtracks while I write. It helps me get in the zone and sparks my imagination.
Some of my favorites are...
- Jason Bourne
- Doctor Who (any season)
- How to Train Your Dragon
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Captain America: Civil War
- Pirates of the Caribbean
I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones I can think of right now.
3. Sit back and daydream before you write.
Get that storytelling awesomeness started in your head. Don't worry about putting down the right words, just picture it in your head. Picture action. Hear the dialogue. Feel the feelings.
4. Turn off your Internet.
Yes, I know you need Internet to listen to your movie soundtracks, but those Twitter notifications are distracting. Turn off Google Hangouts. Stop refreshing your email and blog feed.
5. Word War
If you aren't on self-implicated Internet restriction, word war with a friend. Never heard of a word war? It's a race to see who can write the most words in X amount of time. It's lots of fun and insanity.