NaNoWriMo - Keep going - You can do it!


How goes your NanoWriMo novel writing experience?

Words flashing by?

No? Your novel has come to a grinding halt?

Today’s bonus blog is to help those of you NaNoWriMo-ets to understand it’s perfectly okay to get a bit stalled.

Only a novel writer really understands how difficult it is to see a novel through from beginning to completion. Any reader can read a book in a day or a week; that same book may have taken the writer anywhere from six months to two years to complete or longer.

People may think writing a book is a simple process. If you can read a book in a day then surely you can write one in a similar timeframe. That’s like saying you can speak on a telephone but that doesn't mean we know how it works (or want to know for that matter!). Imagine if we had to individually manufacture our phones in order to speak over them – would you? Could you? Of course not.

But that’s getting off the track.

All you really need today is some words of wisdom or inspiration to keep you on track. Hmm, bad luck!

Here's the best I can do for a Sunday:

From the words of Charles Peguy “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket”.

Make a plan. Yes, it’s late but if you’re stumped then you need to do this.

Write down your aims, break them down into smaller parts and set timeframes for each part. Make sure you know where this thing is going before you move away from the plan. It’s tempting to get a moment of inspiration then race off again, but you need to be systematic with this approach or else you’ll end up stuck again in a few hundred words or less.

That’s all for now. Keep writing!

There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at your computer and open a vein. ~Adapted for today from Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith's original version.

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