Well, I can proudly say I got absolutely no writing done yesterday. Ha! Actually I got writing done, just not on my novel. I just bit off more than I can chew and agreed to create a fabulous website for our riding school (Which I was hoping would be semi-inspirational for my NaNo novel) but now I am knee deep in horses and web templates LOL
Anyway, I plan to write today for a little bit. I’m supposed to be at 11,669 today, uhm .. yeah. No. Not even close. 8532. So I have quite a bit of writing to get done. I spent the other part of yesterday when I wasn’t working on the stables web design, churning out a few articles for clients so at least I got that done, except I am a bit behind on another clients and need to work on those. *sigh* Can’t life just stop in November? LOL
So, since I can totally relate to being behind, and I’ve been through it before, I feel very confident telling anyone who is struggling along, anyone who has 3000 words at this point, and anyone who is considering giving up – don’t! You have more than half a month left to write. It is quite common to experience a little burn out at this point. DON’T GIVE UP!
Here are a few tips to help you get back on track:
- Skip ahead. If you feel the need to write a scene that you plan to include in the book, don’t wait until you get there in your novel, just write it. It still counts if its part of your book.
- Write the tentative ending, or at least some of it. Sometimes writing what you want to happen at the end, can help you discover scenes that need to happen in order to get there. This will get you inspired to keep going.
- Add an element that wasn’t supposed to be part of the story. For instance, I added two dogs to my novel last year that she just decided she wanted. It added a whole new twist to how she was handling different situations. You could add a child, a nosy neighbor that comes over all the time, an animal, an annoying squirrel, a bird in the tree, etc. See if that doesn’t help your creativity flow.
- Take a step back. If you are truly stuck and really don’t know how to get yourself out of where you’re at, I insist you request the presence of your internal editor. I know she is to be quieted during November, but here’s the deal – if you drag her out and go over your last page or two of words, you might find it easier to continue the story if you can see either A) where it’s going or B) where you’ve been. Read it aloud even if it is only to yourself. You will hear things that might need to change, or you might have a vision of how that scene can move forward.
If you have a specific question, feel free to ask me anytime. I will try to help. And if you want to be buddies over at the NaNo site (which is finally starting to load a bit better), I am simplywriting over there. I will take all the buddies I can get.
Don’t give up guys – we still have a ways to go!