Update Day Twenty-Five #NaNoWriMo entry #HerUnexpectedLife.
Sorry I didn’t get a chance to update this last night. I didn’t have the greatest day yesterday I only got 1,317 words. I was hoping to get at 2,000 but time didn’t allow it. I only have 2,651 words left to write to I complete the #NaNoWriMo challenge! I don’t know if my story will be done though but I may take a week off. My right hand, elbow and shoulder have begun to develop a dull ache that comes and go. Anyone got any ergonomic tips?
I took the girls to see Santa and he gave us a ticket to paint an ornament in the mall. My girls loved this and want to go back to that place and paint more stuff. Then we stopped and got something to eat and when we got to our destination I had to set up a DVD player. It won round one but I bested it in round two. I left the girls their to spend the night with their cousins and came home to write my meager 1,317 words but at least I did get to write. Today will be just as busy but maybe I can squeeze in some writing.
Tip 11: Write.
It can’t be said enough, just write.
Tip 10: Start.
You have to start to every finish. Pick up the pen and write. It could be an outline, character profiles, have your character take a personality quiz but you have to start writing /typing something if you ever want to finish.
Tip 9: Believe in yourself.
You can do this. You are not alone a lot of others are in this with you and if you only accomplish writing everyday then you have made writing everyday a habit. One you can be proud of.
Tip 8: Set a writing time.
In other words make a schedule or say at 11:00 am everyday I am going to write. Then make it happen. Leave breakfast with your friends in time to get to your writing spot, put the mop down, stop folding laundry, my point just do what you need to do to make your writing a priority.
Tip 7: Use available resources.
If you get stuck check out the Forums on The Nation Novel Writing Month’s website. Ask other authors that you communicate with for tricks. Jump on the #NaNoWriMo twitter feed and seek out advice. You’re not alone.
Tip 6: Give yourself permission.
If you want to be a writer you have to write so other things might not get done. If you struggle with writing at home because your mind wanders to laundry that needs done or the dirty dishes in the sink go somewhere. The park, a restaurant, a parking lot (during the day only) or anywhere there isn’t things that distract you.
Tip 5: Take time for you.
All work and no play makes for a stressed writer. Veg out, take an internet break, sneak some TV and spend some time with the people who love and support your writing.
Tip 4: Relax.
It’s just a draft and no one but you has to every see it. Even diamonds need to be polished.
Tip 3: Write.
Another thing that just sounds easy to do but I struggled with this for the past eight months with Out of the Blue. I would write a couple of chapters and then edit them. Write a few more and edit them. Around chapter fifteen I had read enough articles and interviews from seasoned authors to get it. If I haven’t written it I couldn’t edit it. I was procrastinating when I was doing this. Fear that I couldn’t finish a book. Fear that no one would read it. I was sabotaging myself. I’m still working on that book but I have published a few children’s books with my oldest daughter.
Tip 2: Turn off the TV.
Seems simple but I struggle with this one with some of the shows I like to watch starting back up.
Tip 1: Turn the wifi off on your laptop.
That box that pops up with Email, Facebook and Twitter updates is like pieces of candy dropped on the forest floor leading me to the witch’s house. (When I turn wifi back on my computer could be mistaken for a quarter machine in Vegas with all the dinging that’s going on.)