For NaNoWriMo participants: How To Start a New Book by author April Henry and Building Self-Care Habits: Refilling the Creative Well to Write Your Best Work by Jamie Raintree.
(If you are unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo or undecided about trying it, I have a post here, plus a nice photo of me and my mom.)
For introverts: People Who Prefer To Be Alone Have These 6 Special Personality Traits. (I'm not sure how much of this is based on science, but it's a feel-good read.)
For readers: the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has compiled their annual free recommended reading list of books written by SCBWI members.
For complainers: The 21 Day No Complaint Experiment. (I would probably be on day one of this forever.)
IWSG Blog Hop
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Even if you choose not to participate in NaNoWriMo, the concept offers some interesting productivity principles that can be applied to other projects (or other months):
- Set a concrete goal.
- Publicly declare that goal. (Whether this works because of accountability or shame, I’m not sure. But it does change the dynamic from just promising yourself.)
- Find other people trying for the same goal, if you feel like that will help. (You are all suffering together!)
- Monitor your progress on a regular basis. (NaNoWriMo includes daily word count tallies.)
- Consider changing the way you approach a project. For example, I normally edit as I write, but NaNoWriMo encourages participants to keep going, without revising, until they reach the word count goal.
- Check the results at the end of the project. If you encountered obstacles, think about how you can avoid them in the future.
Random questions of the month: Are you a complainer?
Is daylight savings time something you complain about?