Members are having great fun with the 30-Day Novel-Writing Challenge, as am I. If you started on the first day, August 1 (you can start at any time) you’re on Day 16.
Some writers are missing a day here and there. Don’t beat yourself up, if that’s happening to you. It’s OK. It’s YOUR Challenge.
Do what you can. You may not be ready to write steadily for 30 days. However, even if you’ve missed many days, consider that you’re learning a lot: about yourself, and about the process of writing this book. Every book you write is different, and will present its own problems.
You can get stuck. This is what happened to me. I spent the first four days happily writing a novel and everything was going well, then I struck a snag.
Here’s the process that got me back on track.
I described it in this article, Stop Thinking: 3 Simple Steps to Writing Anything You Choose | Angela Booth’s Fab Freelance Writing Blog:
“If you get stuck at any stage, just go through the process again — describe it, brainstorm it, and pick something from your brainstorming session.
Here’s what the above process boils down to: you’re thinking on the page, not in your head.”
Inspiration ebbs and flows
Here’s a tip. The process will help you to kick-start your writing. However, you may feel uninspired as you write. That’s fine. Accept that that’s how you feel.
Inspiration ebbs and flows while you write. On some days, words burble from your fingertips like crystal-clear water flowing down a stream. You lose yourself in your writing. On other days, you have to force the words. You feel as if your head is full of cotton wool. You may even find that you hate your characters intensely.
If you can accept that some writing days are a delight, and others are just days to get through, you’ll make it through the Challenge. If you’re experiencing a “blah” day, that’s a good thing — you’ve got a great day coming up.
Enjoy the Challenge. Try the “describe it, brainstorm it, and pick something from your brainstorming session” process even if your writing is going well. It’s a handy tool to have in your writer’s toolkit.
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