It's November 15th, which means it's the middle of the month. AKA halfway through NaNoWriMo. Currently, my word count isn't that bad, over 20k, but I have struggled to keep up the fast writing pace. In all reality, I've probably only written a thousand or so words this past week. So what do you do when you are straining to feel inspired? Here's just a couple tips
Just take a break: It's okay to just stop writing for a little while. Decide when your writing break starts and ends so you don't try to just not write after your break is over. It may be hard at first to start writing all those words again, but you can do it. Watch a movie or something to keep your head in the action of a story.
Read a book: A lot of people say that reading a book during NaNo isn't a good idea, but if you are stuck on a certain scene in your story- whether it is the middle of a major battle, or a scene where the kitchen maid dropped your main character's food on the ground- try to find something to open back that creative aspect of your writing.
Word wars/sprints: Word wars can be SO helpful. You might feel like you are writing a whole lot of useless words, but it will help you get your word count up, and give you more practice as a writer. You can find places to war on the NaNoWriMo forums, or on MyWriteClub. You can either grab a writing friend, or just go against random writer's who needs some to war against. Remember, you are trying to get to the amount of words. You can worry about deleting content later.
Writing prompts: These things are amazing. Just a line or two (or even a picture) and a whole story is suddenly there. I like to find my prompts off of Pinterest, and if you are on the YWP NaNo website, they have a thing on there that gives a new prompt every time you visit. (at least they did. They just revamped their website, so everything is a bit different) If you need inspiration, prompts are a great way to get some ideas.
A reader: It's too early on in the process to have people critiquing your work, but find someone who is willing to just read through what you've written so far and get their thoughts. I know it is not ideal to share your rough draft with someone- especially as you're writing it- but it will help. My sister is reading through mine, and her excitement over a story I thought sounded dull has kept me going. I probably would have ended up wanting to trash the whole thing if she wasn't super excited to read what happened next. (my sister isn't a big reader, so when she liked my story, I felt I encouraged to go on.)
Writing Partner: Have a friend who can meet up with you (over the computer or in person.) Talk about each other's stories and encourage each other. Word war against each other, find a writing prompt and use it in both your stories in some way. My partner met up with me before NaNo and we talked about my story, and she offered some advice on some stuff that was important.
If you want, they could even be the one reading your story and keeping you from running away from your story.
Read through: Go through your story and look for any areas where you can add more details, or maybe a new scene. You don't have to edit (you're trying to get to that word count!) to go through and look for new places to write. If helps you keep working on your story, but not have to work on that certain scene that you can't seem to finish.
Skip where you are: A lot of writers don't start writing at the very beginning. Some write the ending way before the novel is actually finish. Write that scene that you are super excited to start working on. It's okay that it is 20 pages away from where you currently are, it's still going in the same book.
Where are you at in your story? Do you use any of the tips listed? What is your goal for NaNo?
Friday, November 11, 2016
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling pretty discouraged.
This is my second year doing NaNoWriMo, and I'm thrilled to be participating. I have an idea and characters that I've fallen in love with and I'm so excited to write.
But the problem is, lately, I've been falling behind. Like way behind. *whispers* I haven't even hit 10,000 words yet. *screams* And it's really freaking me out. I don't know what to do. Should I try to make an epic comeback or just fade off into the distance?
And on top of that, it's week two.
Usually, on week two, I start to feel like every word I write is junk.
"Why even write if you'll just delete every word later?"
I've heard that more than a few times.
But really, how many people just let that novel sit inside them gathering dust? How many people actually sit down and let their imaginations run wild? You, dear reader, are one of those fortunate few. You are one of the courageous ones who decided to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and take the plunge.
Writing is hard work, there's no denying that, but it's rewarding and fun. You get to see your characters grow and change (and boy are my characters adorable *hugs them*). You get to experience this whole different world that you came up with.
So relax. You've got this. Your story is amazing. Just try to have the confidence to write it down.
Happy writing, dear readers!
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