I'm using a website called "Write or Die". It puts the 'prod' in productivity! You simply enter your word count goal and give yourself a time limit. It forces you to stay focused and not be distracted. If you don't type for a certain amount of time, the screen starts to turn red and then a sound will go off to alert you. There's also an extreme mode, where if you don't write fast enough, the program will start to erase your words. That one is a little intense for me, but I love the other one.
I've been doing 15 minute sprints with a goal of 500 words. As long as I stay focused, I can actually write a little over 500 words in 15 minutes. It's very motivating and helps me see how much time I waste by visiting Twitter and Facebook or my email to procrastinate.
There's a web app (which is free), an iPad app, and a desktop version. I use the web app and it's great! You simply type in the box and copy/paste into your novel document when finished. LOVE!
If you have trouble focusing, you should definitely check it out!
NaNoWriMo Word Count - "Defiance"
Day Two: 15,612
Day Three: 22,635
Here's a little excerpt from yesterday:
"How did you know we were from the Center?" I asked, still in disbelief.
This time Declan motioned to the bracelet on my wrist and I wanted to slap my forehead. I'd forgotten about it. He stated he'd seen the bracelet before and it was well-known symbol in the mystical world. I leaned back in the booth, feeling completely spent. Trent and I had only slept for about three hours before he woke me up. It wasn't enough. Trent pushed the cup of coffee closer to my hands and made a drinking motion. I smiled at him, taking a sip. It wasn’t actually bad, though I still didn’t have a taste for coffee. I preferred tea or juice.
“So, a warlock and a faerie, I’d love to hear how you met,” Declan said with a smirk.
Declan is my new character, who invited himself into the story today. I really am loving "pantsing" this story. I've got no idea where it is going and it's a lot of fun to write!
How is your NaNo novel coming? You can do it; keep writing!