We're here to talk about clean spaces today. People debate about if you need a clean office to get writing done or if some amount of clutter is actually helpful. We can't help resolve that debate but we do have tips about another kind of clutter that is never helpful:

Negative thoughts.

All the "I'll never be any good," "I can't write this story," "I'll never reach my writing goals" critical voices in your head. Those are things that you definitely do not need cluttering up your mental space.

To help you with that we've found some articles for you.

Seven Ways to Clear Your Mind of Negative Thoughts from Pick The Brain provides short, clear and relatively easy approaches to banishing the beast called Inner Critic.

Here's a bit of a mind-bender for writers who have negative thoughts — How Writing Helps to Overcome Negative Thoughts from The Writer's Co-op in Medium.

If you love deep dives into science and psychology, and you're here in the Procrastinator's Paradise to do something productive but not quite writing, this is the article for you! How to Eliminate Negative Thoughts From Your Life Once and For All from Conscious Lifestyle magazine.

And finally, if you missed the Marie Kondo craze (or your life changing tidy-up was so long ago that the magical sparkles are hidden under papers and dust) here's some solid advice to help you Organize Your Desk and Decrease Clutter.


New this week in our free Resource Room

Whether you're a NaNowriMo purist, rebel, or avoider, we've got some new worksheets for you that can help you stay motivated to keep making progress on your work-in-progress. Each week in November we'll upload a new worksheet for you, right here in How to Win NaNoWriMo 2018.


~ For Creative Academy Members ~

*NEW* NaNoWriMo Mastermind group

Just for the month of November and December 6, we're hosting a once-a-week mastermind meeting to help you set writing milestones, to cheer on your successes, and to offer ideas to help you face down any negative inner critic talk. Check out the first meeting here then join the conversation and accountability support in the Glip NaNoWriMo team.

And even if you're not participating in NaNoWriMo or you're a NaNo rebel, you are still 100% welcome in the Mastermind group. Come and soak up the positive energy.

*NEW* Member-launched writing sprint room!

Are you aware our sprint room is available for you to use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? If you can't make it to our regularly scheduled sprints, you now have full control over when sprints take place.

You can wing it and use Glip to let folks know you'll be writing, open the door to the room, and get those words done! Or you can create a set time to be in the room and let us all know that. If there's a time that's popular, we could add it to the calendar.

The log-in details for the Member-launched writing sprint room are in the main Glip team — ALL TCA MEMBERS.

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