10 ways to overcome NaNoWriMo procrastination

Another great post about writing from Dylan! I enjoy reading his blog (even though I should be NaNoWriMoing right now…).

Suffolk Scribblings


It’s just over the halfway point for those masochists lucky souls taking part in NaNoWriMo and while some participants are reeling off thousands of words a day, many of you (I say you because why are you reading this otherwise?) have hit a wall. Your initial enthusiasm has diminished, you’ve started to question whether the once incredible idea you had has any merit and you are left wondering why you ever bothered starting in the first place. But you’ve committed to the damn thing and you want to finish, so each day you turn on your computer ready to work. Then it hits. Something catches your eye and the next thing you know it’s midnight and all you’ve done is watch giggling babies on YouTube.

You are not alone. This happens to all writers, NaNo or no NaNo. To help, here are my 10 top tips to overcome procrastination (warning: some of these are less…

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Oh-Em-Gee, It’s HOT!

The grand mosque outside my bedroom window just made the #2 spot in Trip Advisor’s 25 top landmarks in the world. Pretty cool. And by cool I mean 115F, which is why I’m inside looking out my window. Below is Audra’s post on just how *H-O-T* it is in the United Arab Emirates in July. Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Audra Raye Abroad

Can we just take a moment to talk about the heat?! Holy bunk! It is ferociously hot here. I knew it would get this way. I wasn’t naïve to the fact that I moved to the desert, but I don’t think I really understood what 120 degrees feels like to the human body.

Let me give you a little bit of insight on the weather in July so far in the great city of Abu Dhabi.

The wind is blowing just a little too much for my taste, and it’s kicking tons of dust and sand around. My allergies have been LOVING it and have decided to make me a snotty, stuffed up, sneezing, coughing, itchy, tired, hot mess for the past 3 weeks. The dust blows around you and cakes itself to your face, ears, everything. Bleck!

In addition to the dusty haze that has laid a blanket over…

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