Nanowrimo 2011: Week Two NOW w/ Writer’s Block Tips!
This week featured even more road-blocks than before, with the weekend and yesterday clocking in the most hours putting actual words down on paper. I pretty much poked and prodded at the story Wed-Friday and finally sat down Saturday morning and plugged away a substantial amount of wordage.
Current Word Total: 28,481
On 12 size font with no line spacing: 55 pages in Google Docs (49 pages in Microsoft Word 2007)
That’s not counting anything I’ve done today because I haven’t done anything.
Even if I’m not clocking in 2,000 words everyday, I’m still making an attempt most days, or playing catch-up during those particular time periods where the muse moves me. Not sure if I’m cut out for writing EVERY DAY. Writer’s block is sometimes best worked around by giving yourself a few days to simmer on a particular scene or narrative decision.
On that note…
6 helpful roadblock tip I’ve worked up:
1. Abandon the scene.Whatever isn’t working, isn’t going to get unstuck by me fiddling with the keys without some good ideas or concepts. So I just leave it with a note (or not) and move on to the next bit. Once I start fleshing out a new scene or two, sometimes the inspiration for that other one will come back. I’ve had a scene on pause for a few days now. Granted, this one is due for a re-write, so I already have the tone decided on. Now it’s just the logistics. But whatevs.
2. Just write. I know it sounds stupid, but it’s actually been immensely helpful. Even if I don’t FEEL like writing. Even if what I’m writing is total garbage “the moon was big and white.” It’s still better than no words at all. It still keeps me in the world and story.
3. Make a playlist. I spent some time at the beginning of last week putting together music I’d like to write this particular story to and found some inspiration in the titles of tracks I picked out. Plus, once you actually get started writing, the tempo and rhythm of the song can help dictate the scene. I guess that can be good AND bad at the same time.
4. Do some research. OK, while it’s not technically writing…again, it will help keep you in the world. I spent a few hours looking at the layout of the area I’d set my story in. Researching information on fun technology and freaky military weapons to add. I think that time should count for something.
5. Re-read. Especially if you are working without your chapters outlined. Or an outline period. I spend a little time post-session re-reading the last chunk of text I’ve put down. Helps give me a frame of reference for the story and maybe pick up some interesting details I can carry forward or abandon.
6. Add more detail. Nothing is stopping you from going back to previous scenes and fleshing them out a little more. In fact, most of my story is the skeleton of what will eventually be fleshed out scenes with more character and setting description.
That’s it for now, otherwise: I’ve got a baby to entertain, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations to play, a novel rough draft to write, homework to avoid and dishes to clean. Also have to apply for at least 3 jobs and prepare for my internship on Friday. Look, I’m busy alright. 🙂
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