5 Habits of Motivated Novelists

Motivated NovelistLast year at this time, I introduced RescueTime, an online productivity tool that helps people make the most of their time while on the computer. Once again this year, RescueTime is teaming up with writers participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and offering a free month-long membership in RescueTime, complete with their premium productivity tools.

See my post today at Books & Such for how to get signed up with RescueTime and NaNoWriMo for November.


  • tracks your online activity and generates reports to help you manage your time and increase productivity
  • lets you block out distracting websites for pre-set periods of writing time
  • sends reminders and alerts to help you stay on track

You do NOT have to be participating in NaNoWriMo to get this deal from RescueTime. Simply set a word-count goal for November and sign up.

Last November, RescueTime studied the work habits of writers during November to learn more about how to increase productivity. The infographic below shows what they learned.

Head over to my post at Books & Such — I’m sharing 4 tips on writing a first draft, and links to sign up for Rescue Time and NaNoWriMo.


NaNoWriMo infographic

Infographic courtesy of RescueTime. Used by permission, all rights reserved.



Interesting infographic – 5 Habits of Successful Novelists. via @RachelleGardner & @RescueTime. Click to Tweet.

Get free membership & premium productivity tools from @RescueTime in November, via @RachelleGardner. Click to Tweet.

Six popular websites for highly motivated novelists, and more great info from @RescueTime & @RachelleGardner. Click to Tweet.

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  2. Anna Giertz Skablova on November 3, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I joined NaNoWriMo a year ago, and though I did not make the target word count, I wrote a third of my novel in just one month (well, the other two thirds took two years to write but this is a different story). Good luck to all NaNoWriMos this year!

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  4. Shari Dragovich on October 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I love the graph; is it printable? 🙂 I remember NaNoWriMo last year, but didn’t fully understand its premise, nor did I have a manuscript I was working on–especially a work of fiction. This year finds me in a very different position. I think I should give NaNoWriMo serious consideration. Thank you for your excellent resources!

  5. leannefournier on October 30, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Excellent motivator Rachelle. I’ve looked a NaNoWriMo year after year and have abandoned it because it’s also my business year-end. This perspective is nudging me closer to the commitment. Thanks!

  6. Lawrence W. Wilson on October 30, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    Rachelle, I’m not a novelist, but I am a huge fan of 750Words.com. Every writer needs a tool like this.

    • Rachelle Gardner on October 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Thanks! I haven’t used it, but I’m thinking maybe I should.