Even though not much is going on, I couldn't resist writing a post on 11/1/2/13. I read that this is supposed to be a lucky sequence. Who couldn't use some good luck?
Hopefully, I'll have some news to report on here soon, there are a couple of things in the pipeline. I'm waaaay behind on my NaNoWriMo project. This is turning into an annual rite of passage for me. Get all excited about NaNoWriMo, procrastinate when the day finally arrives, then beat myself up for not keeping up. Except this year, I'm not going to beat myself up. I've had some unexpected distractions, but it happens, life goes on. I'm still excited about the project and I'll finish it, NaNoWriMo or not. :)
I've discovered I write best in complete silence. I wish I could write with the television on or with music playing, but I'm about 70% less efficient that way. To get geared up for NaNoWriMo, I read 2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. If, like me, you need to increase your productivity, I highly recommend reading the book if you get a chance. The suggestions that struck me the most were outlining what you want to write and writing in a place away from distractions. I'm not an outlining fan, but the author made sense when she said that if you know in advance what you are going to write, you're more focused and you'll write faster. Writing distraction free seems obvious, but I really noticed how much more I got done writing in silence as opposed to writing while trying to keep up with Homeland or Elementary. Some people can write with the television on, and I envy them. However, if I have any hope of reaching 50K by November 30, the television has to stay off.