Lesson #8 -- Stay Focused.
Like I said, it's easy to get distracted during NaNoWriMo.
Sports fan? It's football season. College basketball and the NBA are just underway. Even Game 7 of the World Series (if needed) falls on November 1st.
Home chef? Thanksgiving will fall during crunch time and a good Thanksgiving meal requires advance planning and preparation.
Holiday gal? Repeat, Thanksgiving. Not to mention that Halloween just ended and Christmas is around the corner so you might be tempted to get your holiday shopping done.
Don't get distracted.
November has to be all about the writing. ALL about the writing. The exceptions, of course, are the other things that make up your normal life and can't be put off, like the day job, your spouse and children (although we'll come back to this one), and...that's pretty much it.
Most everything else can be completed before or after NaNo. That includes non-urgent doctor appointments, girls' night out (unless you use it as a writing session), mini-vacations (see girls' night out), etc.
Sure, things will come up, but if you are singularly focused on getting that writing done, you'll do it.
Related to "don't get distracted" is "don't edit." This one bears repeating: DON'T EDIT.
NaNoWriMo is about producing words, not polishing them. November is spew month, the month in which you allow the words to come forth however they come out. Whether they're pretty, colorful, meaningful, pointed, poignant...whatever...is something to worry about later. Editing is a distraction that will pull you out of your forward motion, making it impossible to finish.
Here are a few tips:
What else can you do to minimize distractions when you're writing?
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.