Update Day Twenty #NaNoWriMo entry #HerUnexpectedLife.
I have made it to 38,176 words on my #NaNoWriMo
novel #HerUnexpectedLife! I can see 40,000 in the distance. I hope to write more on it today but won’t do another update. I have written 2,044 words so far today. I’m over the crazy hump/wall/obstacle I hit that made me dread picking up my laptop. I got my goal everyday and most days was above it but I just wanted a break from Curtis, Luke and Valerie. Today it seems to have dissipated and I am excited again to write their story.
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 ca 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.)