This story will keep you riveted to your seat until the end.
I don’t like it when people treat writing like a chore. More accurately, I don’t think it’s helpful for people who want to be successful but aren’t quite sure how to stay motivated long enough to get their work done.
“Have to” implies that something will automatically be unpleasant. And that’s not the best way to approach a writing session, at least in my experience.
Let’s be clear: As a writer, you do “have to” write. And there will be days you really won’t want to, and this is completely normal. Just because you have ideas and are an overall creative person does not mean you’ll be driven to make things 100% of the time. You’re only human, after all.
However, there does need to be some kind of balance between “want to write” and “need to write.” Something that is a hobby can also sometimes feel like a chore…
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Today I am bringing you my Nano update a day late, because in the US, yesterday was Thanksgiving, and I wanted to spend the time with my family. However, without further ado, let me give you my personal NaNoWriMo WIP, which is 28286. Although I am over half way done with my novel, it is wise to note that I feel as if I am finally linking most of the pieces of my story together.
Now, for a bit of encouragement: We have one more week of NaNoWriMo left. If you have participated in NaNoWriMo, yet haven’t reached the 50k word goal, don’t worry. You are still a winner, because you have more words and more story than you had when the month started. Keep writing those words and enjoy the ride.
Even though some Nano participants say don’t go back and read your story, I say that you might want to, not to edit, mind you, but to fill in any gaps you find in your narrative.
Good luck with NaNoWriMo and happy writing. God bless each and every one of you.
Once upon a time, I had an idea I was sure would fail. I suppose, if we’re being technical about the circumstances, it eventually did.
Sixteen-year-old me thought it would be fun — maybe, in the back of her mind, also figured it might be professionally beneficial — to start a blog.
And four about six years, that blog was my side project, my dumping ground for ideas, rants, and the occasional updates on my life as a writer as I moved from high school to college, and then from college to the “real world.”
But I grew bored of constantly talking about myself. And I had a feeling a blog about me — let’s be honest, a nobody — wasn’t going to gain more traction than the 20-something followers it had miraculously gained.
So I flipped my blog’s concept. A total overhaul; a revamp. I took a hub of…
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There are several reasons why I write:
- It’s good therapy when I’m feeling down.
- I have stories to tell that will hopefully touch the life of just one person.
- I love using my imagination, and what better way to do so than through writing stories.
- The music within me turns into my stories. The words are my instrument and the songs with me are my stories.
Why do you write?
Leave your thoughts in the comments here and on the blog linked in this post.
Oh my gosh, this is hilarious, and some of it sounds totally like me when I am tired. I was trying to write on my NaNoWriMo novel, and yes I did get nearly 1300 words in, I still fixed some minute mistakes. But spelling everything wrong or spelling the caracters name four different ways on the page? That’s a good one. LOL!
1 Put off writing until the last possible second because that BuzzFeed quiz is obviously more important (yep).
2. “Accidentally” editing instead of writing because words are hard fixing simple mistakes makes you feel good.
3. Tweet about their works-in-progress (WIPs) as if everyone else knows what they’re talking about (they haven’t read the book!)
4. Crying because your fictional people don’t deserve what you’re about to put them through!
5. For nonfiction writers: Doing whatever it takes to hit that minimum word count. Whatever. It. Takes.
6. Spelling literally every word wrong. Like did you ever actually learn words??
7. Laughing at your own jokes because honestly if they’re funny to you someone else will laugh right? Right….?
8. Just letting your characters take over your story and do whatever they want, even if you’ll delete it all later.
9. Spelling the same name four different ways on the…
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Hey everybody in the blogosphere, today I have a personal NaNoWriMo update and a bit of advice for all you WriMos out there. As of today, I am up to 18,964 words on my NaNoWriMo manuscript, 1208 of which were written this morning. I have written the end of my novel, now I have to go back and fill in the rest of the story. However, I have also written a part of the epilog that will give me the spark I need to Segway into another mystery with these characters.
My advice for you today is to take a preparation day for your story. I know you only have 30 days to reach the overall 50,000-word goal, in order to win NaNoWriMo. However, there are going to be some days when you can’t think of a word to write for your story. When this happens, it’s best just to use the writing session you had planned to do some brainstorming for your novel. By this I mean ask some questions and talk about plot ideas you have to help move your story forward. Once you do this, either later that night or even the next day, something will trigger your creative muse, and the spark will ignite into a flame once more.
Let me explain how this happened to me. Yesterday, I racked my brain to come up with something to write. I did all the usual stuff, listening to podcasts, finding sounds on my echo dot etc., but nothing seemed to work. However, I opened up my journal and began the process of brainstorming for my novel. I spoke to a friend who is like a sister to me and told her the ideas I had, then I wrote them down. I also wrote down some questions to stimulate my brain into a creative mode. Nothing happened.
What happened to get me writing today? Well, here’s what added fuel to my creative fire. I sat at the table, eating a bowl of cereal and drinking a cup of Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha Latte coffee and “watching” an old episode of Perry Mason, when the idea for the ending chapter of my story just slapped me in the face. It seemed to say: “Write me! Write me now!”. After I cleaned up my breakfast dishes and the coffee pot, I came back in my space and went straight to work. This inspiration carried me through the ending chapter and the epilog.
If you have a day where you just can’t think of anything to write for your story, that’s okay, because you have to give your brain a break once in a while. I personally recommend a brainstorming day like I took yesterday. It works wonders for your story and your characters will thank you for it.
Now, for you WriMos out there, what do you do to combat writers block? Do you take a brainstorming day, simply plow through the toughest part of your story, or do you give your brain a break? Share your writer’s block tips in the comments below.
Until next time, happy writing and may the muse be with you.
I don’t know about you. But I think a lot about the fact that I will not be here forever.
Not that I plan on going anywhere anytime soon. I have stuff to do.
But (uh, probably thanks to John Green) I spend a little time each day thinking about human mortality. And I spend a lot more time than that wondering if the things I am doing with my moments really matter. Especially when it comes to my writing.
I think it’s safe to say at this point that I’ve spent the majority of my life wanting to be a writer. The exact logistics of what that has meant for me personally have changed many times. But I have always been drawn to storytelling. It has always ignited a very powerful fire inside me.
But I am not immune to the usual tribulations of the creative arts. I doubt…
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Today I want to talk to you about a discovery I made about the creative process. Remember the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost? If not, you can read it or listen to it for yourself at the following link:
The reason I bring this up to you my dear readers, is two-fold. First of all, it is one of my all-time favorite poems, and I’d like to encourage you to read it if you haven’t already. The second and most important reason I want to mention this poem is because it reminds me of the creative process. If you’re a writer, musician/song writer, artist etc., there is a distinct similarity to the traveler in this poem. Let me explain in the next paragraph.
So, let’s say you are inspired to write a story and the source of your inspiration is a song, story, painting, you name it, it ignites the creative spark in you. Your story has something very similar, yet the similarity is so miniscule that you don’t notice it at first. Once you find the one aspect of your inspirational source that bares the slightest resemblance to a scene in your story, the similarities end after that point. Let me speak creatively by using an example of how one of my favorite songs inspired part of a prequel to my self-published full-length novel, to make my point.
For me, the creative spark for a story I am writing entitled Jason’s Peril, was ignited by a song entitled “The Banker”, which was written and recorded by the late, great, Dan Seals, back in 1983. For those who aren’t familiar with his work, he was half of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, popular back in the 1970s. He became popular as a country artist back in the 1980s. Here’s a link to the song I mentioned above:
This song tells a story of its own. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there is a banker in both the song and in my story. After this point, the similarities end and the stories go in completely different directions.
After listening to the song by following the YouTube link above, take this into consideration. There is a scene in Jason’s Peril, where Jim is told by the banker that he has 60 days to pay the property taxes on his family’s farm or he will lose it. Dianna, his daughter goes out to try to find a way for her family to keep the land, and ends up taking on a much bigger project. Here’s the question I’d like to pose as food for thought: What are the similarities between the song and my story, and where do the stories venture away from each other? Before you read further, take a moment to guess which rode I took, the one laid out before me or the one not taken? If you’re still not sure, read on to see the answer to this question.
Once I figure out where the resemblance between the song and part of my work in progress lies, I then have to figure out where my story meanders away from the lyrics of the song. Here’s the question I must ask myself: Do I stay on the path that the song takes me down, or do I take the path less traveled by in order to follow where my own story leads?
My answer and the aha moment I came to are as follows:
I venture down the creative path not taken, for two reasons. One, the first path has heretofore been laid out long before I decided to become a writer. I can enjoy the story the song has to tell, but it has already been written and recorded, whereas my story has yet to be written. Number two, I love the art of self-discovery as part of my writing process, therefore I will let my characters take me away from the song which inspired me in the beginning. As a storyteller, standing at the fork in the creative path, I choose to follow the road not taken so I can let my characters lead me where they want me to go, thus telling my own story in the way I feel is important to me as an author and to you, my dear readers.
Which path will you choose, dear writers, the path of least resistance or the road not taken? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Also feel free to share the aha moments you’ve had as part of your creative lifestyle.
Before I go, I wanted to mention one more thing. If you’re interested to find out how and where the same banker from Jason’s peril has appeared in A Journey of Faith, check it out by visiting the following amazon links:
If you want to know what inspired me to write a scene where the banker appears in this novel, please let me know and I’ll write a post about it.
Until Next time, when I will give you a NaNoWriMo update, Happy writing and God bless.