There is a lot that goes into making yourself successful. You know, of course, that success isn’t going to fall into your lap. We have to work really hard at it. And one thing we can do to help ourselves is make sure that our environment is right.
Let’s take a quick look back at me in college. I was writing papers every week, reading six or seven chapters a week, doing other homework assignments, test prep, and studying, and working part time. How the heck does any college student manage getting all of that done? Well, it wasn’t easy. My first year I struggled because (you guessed it) my environment wasn’t right. See, I was always in my room to do my homework. You know, the place I slept, watched TV, ate snacks, and hung out with friends. Oh, and I didn’t get along with my roommate. Year two, I started experimenting and realized that the library was great for me. By year three, I was writing my papers almost exclusively in the library. Even in year four, when I had a room to myself and was working on my senior paper, I was at the library to work.
Choosing the right place to write is as essential as having the time or the motivation. And the reason why goes back to distractions. In the library, I could find a secluded spot, ignore the internet, and get to work.
So be sure to choose a good space for yourself for NaNo. For some people, noise is helpful. You may want to choose a public place. For others like me, quiet is essential. Try to make yourself space in the house (or even a quiet spot in the campus library). But experiment and find the right space for you. It will do wonders.
Next time: Choose a protagonist