10 Ways To Stay Sane For National Novel Writing Month

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Find A Change Of Scenery To Help Your Creativity Flow

You can’t always sit at a desk and write, or sit on your bed and write, or sit on the couch and write. The colors of your walls start to look mundane. The sound the TV in the background becomes more and more of a distraction.

You need a change of scenery.

Pack up your bag, grab your car keys, and hit the road. Maybe November is the time you will discover a cute little coffee shop near your house that doesn’t have a terrible open mic night on Fridays (I have worked those).

Or maybe you’ll discover a quiet, secluded corner in your local library. If you live in a warmer climate (unlike me), find a nearby park and plop yourself down in the nicest spot you can find.

And, I mean, if you could sit in a bar and write, go for it. Whatever scenery gets you to rethink and redesign whatever you might be stuck on with your NaNoWriMo attempt. Go to a restaurant you’ve never been to! Go to your favorite restaurant! Heck, if you don’t want to drive anywhere or go too far, just head into your backyard and sit outside for a little while.

The possibilities are endless.