10 Ways To Stay Sane For National Novel Writing Month

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DENVER, COLORADO – SEPTEMBER 21: A latte prepared by Benton Edie, co-owner of Crema Coffee, inside the new Denver Central Market on September 21, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Denver Central Market is an indoor food market opening in RiNo. It is a one-stop culinary adventure that vendors hope will be RiNo’s new ‘IT’ gourmet marketplace in Denver. The venue showcases 13 local vendors with concepts including a fish market, meat and cheese shop, chocolatiers, ice cream, a bodega, and more. Several prominent restaurateurs including chefs Justin Brunson and Jeff Osaka are among shop owners at Central Market. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Find Your Drink Of Choice

This may seem an odd one, but it kind of goes hand in hand with our last point. If you head to a coffee shop or do a lot of your writing in coffee shops, chances are you already have a drink you always get. This piece of advice is for those who are going out of their comfort zone for the sake of their stories.

Go to your local coffee shop and try a bunch of different drinks. Find the one that tastes the best or the one you like the most. Casually sip on it as you mull over the next steps to take with your story.

Writing at home? Figure out what makes your creative juices flow. Is it a coffee? Tea? Maybe a hot chocolate with whip cream on top. Or maybe you aren’t feeling a hot drink, then perhaps a Pepsi or a Coke. Try an iced tea or mix a couple of different kinds of juices together.

And if it’s been that kind of day, head to the bar and get the drink that sounds best to you. Just make sure if it’s been a really bad that kind of day that you take a friend along to wallow in your misery, too (and, you know, drive you home).