Gratitude and NaNoWriMo

Happy November, my fellow turkeys!

If you were thinking that it is terribly cliche’ to talk about gratitude for the message this month, you are completely right. It is. I’m going to do it anyway. However, if it makes you feel better, I’ll give a few tips on how to up your word count for NaNoWriMo as well.

Gratitude is and has always been a rare commodity. It is a learned skill and comes easier to some than to others. As with all skills, we can improve our ability to feel and express gratitude by actively and consciously practicing it. The easiest way to start is to keep a daily gratitude diary. Each day note two to three things you are grateful for. After a while, you will begin noticing more things to be grateful for, that you would have never noticed before.

My challenge for the month is to find five people in your life who you are grateful for and do something to thank them. It doesn’t have to be big—a note, a mention on social media, a small treat—anything that makes them feel appreciated.

Okay, NaNos—here are a few “off-the-wall” ways to get more words:

  1. Turn off (or cover) your monitor. If you can see it, you’ll want to change it or fix it. RESIST! This is a great way to allow your imagination to really open up.
  2. Use technology. Smart phones have fairly decent voice-to-text technology. Go somewhere quiet and “talk out” the scene you are working on. Email the file to yourself and then copy it into your working file.
  3. Do a music challenge. Find music that matches the mood of your scene and write nonstop while listening. The trick is to not let your fingers stop moving. (or get distracted by YouTube).
  4. Use the Write or Die program by Dr. Wicked ( This funny program will punish long periods of stalling and reward fast typing. There is a free “try” option. Just make sure you test it beforehand to know how it works and then copy/paste your sections into your working file often so you don’t lose any.
Happy Writing and I am grateful for all of you!

About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, will be published November 2018 by Immortal Works Press. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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