Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Almost There

There's ONE DAY left of NaNoWriMo. This is not a drill. We have ONE DAY left.

If you've already reached 50K words, treat yourself! You did something incredible this month. And to those of you who didn't make it and aren't going to, treat yourself. Because you have more than you did at the start of the month. And that's something to celebrate.

For those of you who are close but no quite there...I wish you speedy fingers and plenty of inspiration.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Confession

I've been slacking a little bit on words. I'm not horribly behind (okay, fine, I am), but I'm looking at how many words I have to write to win and I can't help but feel a little...helpless.

And I just have to remind myself that I've been here before. I've looked at my current word count and my goal and wondered how am I possibly going to get from here to there? The important thing is to just keep moving forward. Every word you write today is a word you didn't have yesterday. Set a time limit or a small, manageable goal and write that. And then do that again. And again. And again. You'll be surprised how fast the words stack up.

Good luck with the rest of NaNoWriMo! I know you can do it. I know we can do it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Some Wednesday Writing Advice from Shannon Messenger

Hello! I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday. How is NaNoWriMo treating you? It's hard to believe that there's a week left of November! As you race to make up the days you slacked on writing (me) or relax because you've already hit 50K (so not me), here's some wonderful writing advice from Shannon Messenger. It's a great quote to take beyond NaNoWriMo, especially when you feel like you are a little burned out.

"Writers need to read read read and write write write. It takes practice, just like anything else. So the more you expose yourself to words on the page, and push yourself to write your own words, the better you'll get with time. It's not a process you can necessarily rush--and it takes a lot of hard work and patience. But if you keep going, keep improving, and don't let anything discourage you into giving up, you will be a published author someday."


One of the ways that helps me get out of a plateau IS reading, so this quote makes a lot of sense to me! If you are feeling a little burned out, consider taking a break to read a book. Have you tried that? Does it help you when the words aren't flowing?

Good luck with the last week of writing! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Writing Prompt #4

Hello! I hope your NaNoWriMo writing is going well! A LOT of blogs are posting about NaNo-related things, so if you need an extra boost, there's lots out there!

The past three prompts were more thought prompts--things to get you thinking. This one is a little different.

Listen to a song you like that you haven't heard in a while. Take a moment to absorb it, and then write. See where the music takes you. Breaking out of your story playlist is a great way to open your mind to new possibilities. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Writing Advice from Pinterest

If you are a perfectionist like me, getting a first draft written is HARD. Especially when you are on a limited amount of time.

I was scrolling through Pinterest and I saw a pin that said, "There's no limit on how rough a rough draft can be." And that's so true.

So if you are stuck somewhere in your novel, make a note to yourself to skip that part and come back later. Allow yourself to forget about the small grammar details and look at the big picture. Because that's the important part. There's always editing to help clean everything up.

Have a good day!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Writing Prompt #3

I hope everyone is having a great day! Here's another writing prompt that (hopefully!) will help you think about your character's interests and personality--and how both of these things can be shown to the reader through the way the character talks and thinks.

(While this prompt applies more to stories told from first person or limited third person, I think it is something that all writers should consider.)

What figurative language does your character use? What idioms? What does this say about your character and how s/he thinks or views the world? 

Here are a few things to consider to get you started:

If your main character's heritage is an important part of how s/he sees the world, how does it present itself in the character's dialogue, POV, and your writing?

What is your character interested in? How does that present itself throughout your novel? (I'm a huge bookworm, and I often find myself quoting books or using references to them in figurative language--and this is just in my head!)

If you are writing a fantasy or science fiction story, consider how how out idioms might have changed to fit your world or if certain sayings don't make sense. (An example might be the saying "bite the bullet," which wouldn't make sense in a fantasy setting where guns haven't been invented.)

I hope this prompt inspires you to take a closer look at what your character might be telling you about his/herself in your writing and how your character will come across to a reader.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Writing Prompt #2

Hello! How is NaNoWriMo treating you? 

Today I have a writing prompt about your villain. I absolutely love developing antagonists, and this is a trick that helps me get inside my villain's head.

Pick a scene and write it from your villain's perspective. How did s/he get to this scene? What do s/he hope to achieve? How is s/he feeling?

Have a great day!