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Writing: Background Noise

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As we’re now halfway through 2019’s April Camp NanoWrimo and I — for possibly the first time — am actually on track and keeping up, I thought I’d share a short writing-related post.

I’m really picky when it comes to background noise while I’m writing. TV and movies are far too distracting, as is any music with lyrics. But, at the same time, I find complete silence far too oppressive. At the moment my favourite thing to listen to is the almost unnoticeable, white-noise of “ASMR rooms”.

Here are a few of my favourite places to find them.

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NaNoWriMo Survival Kit


So, it’s November the twelfth, which makes us just under halfway through NaNoWriMo.

How are you getting on?

I’ve been pretty lousy so far — I’ve not even been tracking on the site — bit I’ve just not been in the mood, so I’ve been catching up on a lot of reading instead.

Still, this week I thought I would share with you my NaNoWriMo survival kit: all the things that I personally find really helpful when I’m stuggling to write. Maybe some of these things will be useful to you? Maybe these are just weird things I use? Either way, hopefully, it’ll be interesting.


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Camp NaNo: Survival Kit

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Camp NaNoWriMo is running this month. I find Camp more relaxing than November, getting to set your own goal and chat to cabinmates. I’ve got my cabin sorted, and they look like a great bunch and I know what I’ll be working on—finishing my current draft and maybe planning a future project.

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Writing materials: I get ideas down better by handwriting with pen and paper (probably because I’m less distracted) but love using Scrivener to write it up because it makes organising my higgledy-piggledy writing easier.

Coffee and coffee shops: Coffee for the caffine, and the shop because I get more written out there, than with all the distractions of home.

Internet: Either my laptop or phone. for researching/ planning and chatting to cabinmates. I get so easily distracted from writing though that this can be a problem.

Snacks, Pepsi and more coffee.

Post-it Notes: More for planning than writing. I love Post-its for writing (and at my day job actually) and I use then to add new ideas in or to move things around. I guess I could also put ‘wall space’ here since thats where I arrange them all.


Are you do NaNo this month? What are your goals and projects? Do you lik the Camp cabin system?