Tuesday, 22 November 2016

NaNoWriMo: Getting Unstuck

Behind in your word count? Like, waaay behind? 

Maybe you had a personal or family crisis. Or it just hasn’t been possible to set aside the demands of your daily life at work and home. Perhaps you’re a procrastinator and time slipped away from you.

Never fear, it’s not too late! You can still meet your goal!

Look at your schedule over the next several days. Are there any times when you can block a solid hour or more of writing? Make it a date with yourself, add it to your calendar and honour that commitment like you would a work or personal appointment.

Now, think about your writing. Is it portable? Can you capture a few words here and there while you wait for an appointment, or stand in line at the grocery store? Do you have a device with a voice recording feature you can use hands-free while you complete other tasks? There are so many ways to write these days, and every word counts – including a sentence you wrote in the check out line.

Can you go to bed just a little later, or wake up just a little earlier? A daily habit of even a half an hour will add those words to your count in a nice steady way.

If you haven’t yet tried these tools, try following @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter for optional writing prompts and timed writing challenges. Join a local write-in group or find a virtual write-in session for more support and encouragement.

Whatever method you choose to boost your word count, don’t give up! Be a success story against all odds! You’ve got this.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

NaNoWriMo: Maintaining Momentum

Every time I take this challenge, I run into a snag in my novel development. 

I start to run out of steam. I lose faith in my writing, in my ability to tell a story that matters. Sometimes I have written my character into a corner where there are no good choices. Other times I’ve lost my way and I’m out of ideas.

If this happens to you, take heart. Every time I take this challenge I also find my second wind in plenty of time to finish NaNoWriMo strong, albeit sometimes with a wild and ridiculous draft. Just like any other first draft!

Try taking a break. It seems counter intuitive, but if you take a hot shower, have a nap or go for a walk, you just might clear your mind enough to come back to your story with fresh ideas.

Consider people watching in a busy public location. As you watch, think about which stranger crossing your path might inspire just the right character to move your story forward.

Read. It might not feel like you have time to read in November if you’re trying to get 50,000 words onto the page. Reading offers a window to another perspective on the world, and whether you choose to escape through fiction or research some aspect of your story, reading can provide the nudge your story needs.

Believe in yourself! You can do this!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

NaNoWriMo: Getting Started

It’s time! NaNoWriMo 2016 is officially here! 

In fact, as it’s been here for several hours, some of you may already have the opening of your NaNoNovel well under way.

If you’re a planner, now is the time when you harvest the fruits of your hard labour. The time you’ve spent thinking about your project, plotting your story and developing your characters in your mind and in your notes offers you a rich sense of direction as you jump in and build that word count. You may even find that some of your work lends itself to an easy adaptation as part of your work in progress.

If you’re a pantser…Wheeee!!! Here we go! Get those fingers moving across the keyboard, or that pen flying across the paper as you spill out whatever story lines come to mind for the main character you find yourself writing. Add characters and conflict and see what happens as you follow the twists and turns that unfold as you work.

Either way, make sure you sit down and get started! The world needs your story!