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NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Don’t Check Your Email

nanowrimoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) launched earlier this month as writers around the globe try to write a 50,000-word novel draft in a single month.

To help the GalleyCat readers taking this challenge, we will be offering NaNoWriMo advice throughout the month. Last year, 341,375 participants wrote a novel in 30 days through the NaNoWriMo program. The writing marathon has generated more than 250 traditionally published novels, according to the organizers.

Our eighth tip is: Don’t Check Your Email. You need to focus on your writing and if you sit down at your computer to write and get sidetracked answering emails, the hours will tick on and your page will still be empty. Close out your web browsers and only pay attention to your novel. Try to avoid the Internet at all costs. If you need to look something up, make a note and do it later on when you are browsing the Internet and not working on your book.

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