NaNoWriMo Update and Writing Resources
Today is Day 4 of NaNoWriMo. Yesterday I almost quit. I had been writing 100-200 word sprints for most of the day. My body was hurting and I was tired. By evening, I found myself thinking it was pointless! I couldn’t get a good handle on my characters, had no idea where or when my story was taking place, and my scenes were not flowing into a recognizable arc.
I put out a few calls for help when I felt my commitment wavering. People rallied around me and helped push me through my daily word goal. I’m glad they did. No one needs to give a fart about my writing adventures, yet they do. That makes me feel valued. Honestly, thanks for that, people!
Here are a few things, aside from supportive people, that helped me write just over 2,000 words on my novel yesterday:
NaNoWriMo Survival Guide: How I Write 50k(ish) Every Month by Chuck Wendig
Seriously. This post is amazing. I particularly dig this tip-
5. When I’m not writing, I’m thinking a whole fucking lot about the story. I take specific moments out of my day to do this. Showering. Walking the dog. Mowing the lawn. I roll the story around my mouth like a pebble. I’m like a human stone polisher over here. It helps me stay focused and concentrate on what I did today and what I have to do tomorrow.
NaNoWordSprints on Twitter
This Twitter account is so helpful! Users take turns hosting Sprints- short increments of timed writing, with optional prompts. They also RT pleas for help from the writing-block-afflicted, and keep everything lighthearted and fun. <3
My writing inspiration board on Pinterest
I’ve been compiling images and posts that inspire me for a few years now. I go through these Pins often, to keep myself on track, to remember why I started. No better time to rummage through them than now, with this huge writing goal!
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo, or another writing challenge? What keeps your fire lit? Please share in the comments. <3