Take Five: #6: Fun and focus

Take Five
Five-minute reads about writing
to help you with NaNoWriMo
Nov. 1 - Nov. 30, 2011
Courtesy: Sasha Soren (Random Magic)

#6: Fun and focus

Today's an easy day, since you're probably written at least your first few chapters and can take five minutes to browse some NaNoWriMo-inspired cute and useful things.

So, here's a little set of Do Not Disturb sign, calendar, checklist and at-a-glance daily word count, plus an attractive word count tracker. These are all simple but effective reminders that when you sit down to write, you're there to work. No one says you can't have a little fun along with the focus.

This quirky little set of tools will help you mark off the days - or warn off unwary passers-by as you get closer to the finish line. Or run out of coffee.

Do Not Disturb sign

Whodunnit: MoPotter


Whodunnit: FirePyralis (Visit)


Checklist from NaNoWriMo 2010, but amusement value still solid.
Whodunnit: YamPuff

Word count memo
Whodunnit: LunaMocato

Word count tracker package

Kindly provided by SvenjaLiv, who also adds a helpful usage checklist, shown below.

Each file includes the following sheets:
1. Instructions for use - please read these before you use it. They're not complicated!
2. Word tracking page (input your daily word count).
3. Progress chart to help you keep track.
4. Novel info for noting down the basics.
5. Character list.
6. Chapter/scene/section list.
7. Plot development.
8. Character development.
9. Example sheets of the latter two.

And, oh, yeah...

To be used as needed to give yourself a swift kick. You'll know where.
Whodunnit: Camtheguitarist

About this series

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