Hi, everybody! Sorry I dropped off the map. Between NaNo and the nice little boost of editing and non-profit work you’ve been sending my way (many thanks to you all!), I’ve been busy. I suppose that as soon as I committed to NaNo and started running the sale on non-profit consulting, that work would ensue… but I have room for more! Please contact me today to get some great deals on editing. I am super-fun to work with, if I do say so myself. And as I recall, I promised you all a NaNo editing special. That’s still coming, I just needed to put it off a bit. Look for it around Thanksgiving.
End PSA. On with the post!
Hit the doldrums yet?! I hope not. But if you did, here’s a few more ideas to get you going again:
- Write from a different/new character viewpoint. New blood = new story.
- Do something random. Add a flock of menacing ducks. An angry bank teller. Have an alien invasion at the mall. Make all the zombies start getting better. You know… weird stuff.
- Talk out your story situation with friends or family. Have them give you random ideas for new conflict and then draw one from a hat.
Or maybe this is you: “I missed three days, and am waaaay behind. Help!”
- Don’t panic.
- Worry even less about typos.
- Worry even less about the story making sense – as long as you can keep it going in a good/fun direction.
- Make sure that you end your writing day in the middle of a scene rather than completing it. That way you know what you are going to write right off the bat next session, and it will be easier to get going.
- Remove yourself from your normal situations. For example: Use an app that counts words, but isn’t one that you typically use or go outside or to a cafe to write.
- Set up a reward system. Make it good. What are your favorite little things in life? Do that for yourself.
- A couple of cheapies, but goodies: stretch descriptions and conversations. Make characters wax eloquent about otherwise boring details in a fun way. Describe every hair on the back of the murderous cat that is the villain of your sci-fi, alternate history.
Whatever you have to do to get that word count! And that brings up the question: what are YOU doing to keep yourself going? Share in the comments! You might help someone achieve their NaNo goal today.
Keep going, everybody! You can do it! Have a blast.
I’ll try to post sooner rather than later, but I’ll not make any specific promises. And please send me some more work! 🙂