We’re wrapping up the first week of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and maybe your initial enthusiasm and adrenaline have started to fade. If distractions are keeping you from hitting your daily word count goals, turn to one of these resources to keep you on track.
Social Media Wall
Social media is incredibly valuable for building a reader community and networking with other writers, but it’s all too easy to lose hours in Facebook or Twitter-land. The Strict Workflow app for Chrome can be customized to block access to certain sites for a particular period of time; because it’s based on the Pomodoro technique of time management, the app includes break time, too. Mac user? Try Anti-Social http://anti-social.cc/.
No More Daydreams
Need more motivation or accountability? Write or Die allows you to set rewards, stimuli, and consequences?including the dreaded kamikaze mode, which starts deleting your writing if you go silent for too long.
A Sense of Place
If the right environment is what keeps you on track, OmmWriter is worth a look. This “beautiful distraction-free writing environment” includes customizable backgrounds as well as soundtracks and keystrokes to help you maintain your writing zen.