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What are you reading Wednesday – Lizzie Harwood
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What are you reading Wednesday

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What are you reading Wednesday

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

My review of The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is over on Natasha Orme’s blog, Writer, Reader, Lover of Words. Take a read, I’ll wait.

Natasha’s blog is well worth subscribing to, it’s full of inspiring helpful words to help with your writing.

I also read a fantastic memoir that I’ll write about properly when it launches in April 2017.

Mainly I’ve been outside, in the first snowfall for Stockholm this winter. Did I say winter? It’s still autumn. Brrr. I was out to dinner a few weeks ago and a random guy (who was out with his mother) told me that this winter will be very cold. I am starting to believe him.

slide-2-4Here is a photo of me doing NaNoWriMo this year. I knew it would be hard because I have a lot on, the kids are on school break this year and I haven’t written my own stuff in a while. I’ve been wondering if I still “have it” — whatever my brand of “it” is. This is what plagues most writers. Here are 10 ways I kick myself into the flow and you may find helps you too:

  1. Promise yourself a treat for finishing your 1,667 daily word count, eg. a latte. Or that 6th piece of 70% dark chocolate.
  2. Reread something you’ve written that you like.
  3. Tell nobody what you’re trying to write so you don’t jinx yourself.
  4. Allow yourself to procrastinate by doing laundry for three hours and tidying your children’s room and ordering snowsuits & boots online and filling out some forms in Swedish you’ve been putting off to post and making pear crumble. (Yes, that was just today’s procrastination. This makes me look like a better mother than I truly am and makes me need to stay up late to write since so far today I’ve written 0 words.)
  5. Make healthy good food for yourself to make your brain work better. Tonight I’m doing lentil & walnut salad.
  6. Clear your desk. (My #1 tip to do anything.)
  7. Do 10 starjumps to loosen up (even though you saw the woman who lives below you yesterday and she gripped your arm and said our floor/her ceiling is as thin as paper and she can hear us “bowling” or whatever our kids are doing up here).
  8. Spend an hour in -4°C in the park freezing your digits off because your kid can’t manage to keep her own gloves on (or dry) so you had to give her yours. This sends oxygen to your brain plus motivates your fingers to type later.
  9. Work on your outline off the computer so you know sorta what you might want to write when you sit down to go.
  10. Set a timer for 45 mins and ONLY write and don’t stop. I guarantee you’ll be virtually done with your 1,667 words if you ONLY write and don’t stop for 2700 seconds. (Especially if you can touch type.)

If you can’t touch type, go learn on typingclub.com – but not this month if you are NaNoWriMo’ing – that’s just more procrastination, honey!

And what I’m currently reading:

Lacey Luzzi: Sprinkled by Gina LaMamma. I’m still in this one! Better get on with it.

What are you reading on this snowy (in Stockholm) Wednesday?

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