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Help! I’m blocked!

Here’s a tip for ridding yourself of writers block. I’ll have to remember this one for myself.

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NaNoWriMo Update Number Three: How to take a Nano prep day in the Middle of the Month

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.

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A letter to writers block

Here’s a little something fun for all us writers. I found this particular writing prompt on a link that Nikki Woods tweeted. I am wide awake, and I gthought I would tell dear old writers block what I think about it getting in my way when I want to write. After reading my letter to writers block, why don’t you share your own letter. Ok, here’s my own creation. 

Dear writers block,

Hello there my unwanted friend, you and I need to have a serious heart to heart talk. You know how you always like to hang around when I want to write, and you disappear when I want to get some much needed sleep, like now? Well, I’m demanding thet you put a stop to this right now!
I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, (well, maybe I do) but it’s for the sake of writing. Why not come around when I want to sleep, and leave me alone during the day when I want to write. That’s the time I need you to disappear like yasterday’s garbage. I mean, you keep me from writing when I need to write, and you go away when I want to read, talk to my friends, or sleep. So do me a favor, and let me write, when I want to, not on your schedule.Ok?
not so respectfully,
Ann
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A burst of inspiration went dry

Have you ever had one of those days when you get a birst of inspiration, and you write until the inspiration runs dry and when you come back to your novel, you run out of steam? That’s  happened to me just today. At about a quarter to four this morning, I had a birst of inspiration hit me for A Journey of Faith. I wrote for about 45 minutes, went back to bed, and when I woke up the steam had run out. I know Jason Miller is supposed to see something in a dream that sparks his interest, but I’m not sure what that might be.  I have a question for all you writers out there. What do you do when your burst of inspiration runs out of steam?  If anyone has been following my character interviews and the posts about A Journey of faith, you’ll remember that Becca sees a terrible accident when she was twelve. Although she doesn’t understand what she saw back then, the memories of that hoorible day are slowly making their way to the surface. She tells Jason, and her aunt and uncle about that day while eating dinner at Jo’s Diner. So, if anyone has any suggestions they’d like to run by me, I’ll take them into considderation. Yes, I’m aware that this is my story, but I love to see what readers think.

One last point I want to make before I go, Please take a moment to vote for A Journey of Faith so I can get it published, and all you lovely readers can read the final result of my musings for yourselves. To vote for my book, please go to soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison and cast your vote. Your support is greatly appreciated. 

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chimes and other sounds as indspiration for writing

Good morning,
I have a question and a message for all the writers who follow and read my blog. When you are trying to write something, whether it be a novel, essay, or any other piece you’re working on, do you ever find that you have writers block? That sometimes happens to me. This happened on a couple of days during NaNoWriMo last year.
Let me share with you what I did to combat my writers block. Although everyone has a different approach to avoiding writers block, I personally sat out on my front porch on an overcast day, with a light breeze to cool me off. I sat listening to the wind chimes that my mom has hanging on the porch, and all of a sudden a burst of inspiration hit me, and I was able to write for hours after that.
What I’m getting at here, is that inspiration can strike at the oddest moments, and by the simplest attributes of your day. For example, your child could make a comment about a cartoon character he/she likes, or you can simply hear a tune or a certain sound that triggers an idea, and gets the words flowing through your mind. When that happens my friend, don’t take these special inspirational moments for granted, you never know what story, poem, essay, novel, or other form of writing can be created when inspiration strikes.
Happy writing and God bless,
Ann