Distractions come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve talked earlier in the month about how tempting it can be to check websites during your NaNoWriMo writing sessions. We didn’t touch on another form of distraction that seems harmless, but can be insidious.

A lot of people nowadays put on music as they work and writers are no exception. Having something playing in the background can make you feel more relaxed and comfortable. It doesn’t feel like a distraction because it take so little mental effort to enjoy listening to music. However, that can be enough to break your concentration and interrupt your writing.

If you want to play background music, but want something that won’t distract then try something that doesn’t have lyrics. Ambient music is energizing and can help you get in a creative mental space, without tempting you to sing along!

This is a playlist of ambient music specifically designed to help you concentrate on writing during NaNoWriMo.

Keep writing! You’ve got this.

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