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26 October 2010 @ 11:11 am
The Twelve Steps to NaNoWriMo Success  
Step 1 - Turn off the internet.

Step 2 - Make sure your butt is comfortably seated in your chair.

Step 3 - Turn off/on the music, depending on what works for you.

Step 4 - ah ah ah, I see you reaching for that internet switch. You were just gonna check your email, sure. TURN IT OFF.

Step 5 - Open up your word processor of choice.

Step 6 - Oh come on, I said you need to turn off - NO. STEP AWAY FROM THE TVTROPES PAGE. IT IS NOT RESEARCH. YOU ARE FOOLING NO ONE.

Step 7 - Is the internet off? Good. Make sure it stays off.

Step 8 - Start typing. Type gobbledegook at first if you don't know where to start, but get those fingers moving.

Step 8b - 'Staring at the blinking cursor' is not the definition of 'typing.' Just so you know.

Step 9 - Sorry, bathroom breaks are for people who've written over 600 words. Have you written over 600 words yet? Then keep typing. Tomorrow the limit goes up to 800, so you'd best get that bladder under control now.

Step 10 - No, you can't get up to get a snack. Tell your stomach who's boss. (ie, your wordcount.)

Step 11 - Keep typing until you get past 1667 words.

Step 12 - Do the same thing everyday. Yes, that means tomorrow, too. And the day after. And the day after that. Everyday.

Aaaand viola! Those are secrets to success. Heed them well.

the girl who wrote 20k words last week
Tammietamswitter on October 28th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
I think I need to write this out and stick it on the wall next to where I'll be writing....although - number 1 is going to be hard because JUST ONE MORE MINUTE!!
storywriter84: killing you novelstorywriter84 on October 28th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
That's funny. I might print that off and pin to the wall!
Reiko K.reikokatsura on October 28th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Definite yes to all the internet no-no's. That gets me all the time. I have to literally force myself to not "just check my email", and I try to do all research beforehand because I get so easily distracted (which is really the purpose of the internet, IMO).

This was awesome :D Thanks for sharing!
polylizzy: dunnopolylizzy on October 28th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
how does one "turn off" the innurnetz? I mean...you really turn it OFF???? lol
simply_shippingsimply_shipping on October 28th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
For my laptop, I always interpret "turn it off" as unplug the ethernet cable and flip the wireless off. :P
polylizzy: not a drillpolylizzy on October 28th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
there must be a button for that lol.

I just always have the wireless connection on, I dont think I ever turn it off.....but it is something I will seriously consider. I shall practice this week while I finish sewing 2 costumes for a steampunk convention I'm going to next weekend...yes....first weekend of Wrimo and I will be partying like its 1895!.
simply_shippingsimply_shipping on October 28th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
Oooh, steampunk convention. Sounds cool!
polylizzypolylizzy on October 29th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)

I'm so excited, its my very first Steampunk con and I bought my ticket way back in June!
ambivalent musicianautocadere on October 28th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
ctrl D + save. ♥ I am officially declaring my undying love for you, will ry them out!
I'm your moon, you're my moontraumlogik on October 28th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
B-But I swear I'm only using TV Tropes for serious reasearch! Honestly! D: What do you mean I have fourteen tabs opened right now that have nothing to do with my story? You can't prove that! And the Ho Yay page is always relevant! D:

(Ehm. Great list! I can relate to this so hard. Especially to TV Tropes, which will some day be the death of me.)
marycatellimarycatelli on October 29th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
You were just looking for inspiration!

So -- whatever tabs you open, you have to incorporate into your novel. In your next writing session.

polylizzy: hellpolylizzy on October 29th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
I CAN do that....too bad farmville and twitter really don't fit into my plot......
marycatellimarycatelli on October 29th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
hey, it's words isn't it?
celzmccelzcelzmccelz on October 28th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
My internet is really unreliable, and I'm afraid that if I turn it off it will never come back.

...which might actually be good for my wordcount, come to think of it.

Carson: Keep Calmimagined_away on October 28th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Haha I love this :D
folkchick3folkchick3 on October 28th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you reposted this as an entry, it's brilliant!
we'll start again, buttercuplagitel on October 29th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
It's funny because last year, I did tell myself "you're not peeing until you get a hundred more words down."
aestover on October 30th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
The simplicity and adorable tone of this post just made my day x) I'm still a little iffy about this whole thing and this is just what I needed to convince me that everything will be JUST FINE :)
DM was on fire!groovingbeating on October 30th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
I love this! I'm gonna have to stick it up on my wall.

But you missed step thirteen: be completely insane.
Sylwia (sill-vee-uh)unnecessary_ on October 30th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)

I can't relate to a lot of this, but I hope people use it because most of it is is right. lol.
brassbell: good omens; buggre alle this for a larkebrassbell on November 1st, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Love, love, love.
Ironically, I'm reading this instead of starting my NaNo. Argh argh argh.