NaNoWriMo !!. Or: How to survive this crazy thing my Creative Writing Teacher’s making me do in November. Procedures. Bring your computer EVERY DAY . You will be able to type as you go.
How to survive this crazy thing my Creative Writing Teacher’s making me do in November
Be prepared for work each day. Bring your stuff and be mentally ready to go. You won’t work as efficiently if you have to spend the first 20 minutes of every day talking yourself into starting.
The idea that you must write linearly—starting at the beginning and going through smoothly to the end—is a terrible lie. There is no law that states that you must write everything in order!
Remember to include lots of description and dialog. Don’t just skim over big moments. Breezing through stuff is okay during transitions, but big moments require detail. Lots of it.
2. Try skipping the part that’s giving you trouble and coming back to it later. Jump to the next time you know what you want to happen and write that instead.
3. Come up for air. Look up from the computer or paper, take a few deep breaths, or stand up and stretch. (Special note: You may NOT take this opportunity to talk to your neighbors, fluff someone’s hair, run laps around the room, break into song, etc.)
4. At an appropriate time, ask someone familiar with your story for advice.
5. Appeal to the character. Think about what kind of person this character is. What would he or she really do in this situation?
6. On your own time, flip through magazine photos or the news headlines and see if anything spurs a thought or movement in a new direction.
7. The most important thing to know about defeating writer’s block is to keep writing through it—even if what you’re writing is total garbage and you know you’ll probably wind up going back and deleting much of it, just keep writing something.
Just like a slumping batter needs to keep swinging the bat in order to get out of his slump, as a writer, you need to keep writing in order to get out of the slump.