5 Tips to Help You Write 50,000 Words in November

Writing 50,000 words in 30 days can seem like herculean feat only to be accomplished by the most prolific of scribes. However, it’s a feat that over 400,000 people attempt every November during National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo.

There is no denying that it is a lofty goal, but it’s not impossible. How can we be sure? Well, for one we have entire Freedom community that never ceases to inspire us with their creations – whether that be novels, films, scripts, dissertations, symphonies, start-ups, or
dinner. We believe in human’s singular ability to create against all odds.

So as we gear up for the month of November, here are a few tips we’ve gathered to ensure that your NaNoWriMo experience is a true success.

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Joelle Renstrom: How to Learn in a World of Tech

This week we decided to sit down with Joelle Renstrom – writer and Boston University professor – to find out what it’s like to teach and learn in an age full of technology-induced distraction. Based in Somerville, MA, Renstrom teaches writing and research with a focus on robots/AI, technology, space exploration, and science fiction. Given her background, Renstrom often finds herself right in the center of the debate on the various way in which technology can distract, detract, or add value in the classroom.

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What is NaNoWriMo and How to Do It


As the month of November draws nearer, one may start to hear a buzz surrounding NaNoWriMo or NaNo. Officially known as National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, (or NaNo,) is a month-long event that encourages everyone to write a novel (at least 50,000 words) in the month of November.

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Amber Jane Davis: How to Write a PhD Like a Pro

In the world of academia, writing a PhD is one of the most notorious undertakings. It’s a daunting challenge that requires an immense amount of time, focus, and dedication. As a final test of your skills, the journey is often filled with obstacles, frustrations, and puzzles that can leave you pulling your hair out or throwing your hands up in despair – but it doesn’t always have to be that way.

Meet Amber Jane Davis. Political scientist, PhD coach, and your ultimate guide to writing your best PhD without the unnecessary stress and struggle.

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Expert Stefanie Weisman: How to Study Without Distraction

Okay, I admit it. I’ve been having a little problem in the self-control department lately. No matter what I tried to do – write an article, do research, read a book, etc. – I found myself typing the url of some distracting, time-wasting website, with Facebook being the worst offender. It was a rather bizarre feeling, as if my fingers had acquired a mind of their own. Before I knew it, I had been sucked into an internet black hole of silly videos and mindless trivia, which used up a good chunk of my time and energy.

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Looking Back at Freedom’s First Year

This week Freedom turns one. Since launching the Freedom platform out of beta last September, over 200,000 of you have made Freedom a crucial part of your home and work routines. We are humbled and inspired every day by the accomplishments of our Freedom community. As authors, entrepreneurs, professors, students, researchers, artists and programmers, you have learned, published, launched, painted, created, taught, and committed to doing the things that matter. And for that we thank you.

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Cal Newport: A Productivity Lesson from a Classic Arcade Game

The Distracted Gamer

A reader recently shared with me an interesting observation from his own life.

To provide some context, this reader is a fan of the classic arcade game snake (shown above). This game is hard: as your snake grows, it requires an increasing amount of concentration to avoid twisting back on yourself and ending the round.

What this reader noticed was that whenever he paused the game for a quick interruption (e.g., answering a text or talking to someone who walked into the room), he became significantly more likely to fail soon after returning to play.

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