It’s Day 9 and I am making progress. Last night I made it to 17,519 words and I am beginning to get weary. My back begins to ache today but I have to keep on going. This gives me the idea for the next tip.

  1. Find and establish a place to write comfortably and productively. Some writers can write anywhere. With the new technology, you can choose where and when to write. I don’t use a laptop. I prefer to use my desktop so I have to write at home at a particular location in my house. I can type faster on the keyboard to my desktop than on my laptop. Some people like to be in a place where they can interact with other writers like in a restaurant where some of the NANO writers meet to write in. Some like a background music. In my case, I want peace and quiet when I write so I can concentrate on the task at hand. My computer faces east and looking out to my yard and my little garden. It is bright and sunny but away from the afternoon sun which is too bright. I have a sheer curtain in case I have to tone down the glare. I have my supplies close by. My only problem that I find right now is my chair which is too low for me. I have two cushions but still the back does not give me enough support and I’m beginning to have a backache. I take one of my dining room chairs and replaced the chair that I was using. Now it feels more comfortable. So find a place more conducive to your writing mood and claim it as your writing space. It’s important to be comfortable but not to the point of being too comfortable that you forget your mission to be a productive writer.


Here is a nice dog book: Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan. I am a sucker for dog stories. Since we had Dallas, my son’s Dalmatian, years ago and he saved my life (another story someday) I love reading dog books. Here, John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow puppy and fun began. Life would never be the same again. Love it!


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