As the number of people who subject themselves to the torture known as NaNoWriMo regrettably increases, here’s three more suggestions on how to spend the 30 days of November with a bit more peace of mind.
- Sit right – there’s probably a demographic who writes while standing up or laying down, but these are likely not even people. More seriously: it is important to keep a correct posture while writing.
Make sure your eyes are level with the screen.
Fit a rolled-up pillow behind the small of your back to upheld your spine and lower tension on the shoulders.
If you are writing on a laptop, consider using a kickstand, one that will keep your hands slightly upright. It will help reduce strain.
By reducing strain on your body, you will be able to write more and better, and get more easily in the flow as your body feels more at ease.
- Set a timer: this is just as important. Try to work in short, focused bursts. Set up a timer and work for 5 minutes, 10 or 20 minutes, according to your mood and level of experience. This helps you reduce stress and focus better on the work at hand.
- Take Breaks: every person who has worked on NaNoWriMo would like to take a break (thirty-days-long break), but even when you are giving your best, it is important to get a bit of respite.
Stand up, take a brief walk, drink a glass of water, or maybe go outside and touch some grass. In fact, I strongly support touching grass.
I will see you tomorrow, for the final day before the start, with three more tips.
I hope you will find those just as useful.