Writing Tips Round Up: Wrimotivation4 min read
A weekly round up of writing tips and motivation
“Writing is a first-time bike-ride. You’re meant to wobble and accidentally drive into some rose bushes. Allow yourself the freedom — nay, the pleasure — to suck. This is playtime. Playtime is supposed to be messy.”
Chuck Wendig is the ultimate tough-love motivator, and in this NaNo prep post from back in the day he gathers 25 motivational thoughts for writers, each more brutal than the last! Also, check out the NaNo prep bundle he’s offering this year for his followers!
“At some point around the midpoint of the novel you’re invariably going to stop, look at what you’ve written—which will be a mess because in-progress novels are always a mess, that’s what creativity looks like and that’s what revision is for—and you’re going to recoil in horror. This is the nadir of the excitement you had felt when you started the novel, the opposite of the moment of amazing that spurred you to begin NaNoWriMo. This is the Chasm of Doubt.”
The NaNoWriMo pep talk archive is a veritable treasure trove of good advice, but I have always loved this one from 2015 from N.K. Jensin on how she emerged from the Chasm of Doubt to soldier on to the end of her NaNo novel.
“I usually find myself teetering on the edge of wild excitement and paralyzing fear before every new writing project. NaNoWriMo has never changed that for me, but it has prevented me from lingering there for too long. Minutes and hours spent wondering if an idea is any good isn’t lifting my word count.”
Sometimes the best way to feel motivated is to realise you’re not alone. In this blog post, the Writer’s Digest team reflects on previous NaNos and how they found the motivation to write.
“As the saying goes, ‘a dream without a plan is just a wish.’ Becoming a novelist requires not only creativity but consistent work. It’s much easier to be consistent about writing your book when you have a realistic schedule in place.”
Need some more practical motivation? Let Now Novel hit you with the tips on distractions, schedules, and personal space.
“They don’t tell you how hard it is when you fail and see everyone else on the forums getting their shiny purple bars of victory. They did it. Why couldn’t you? Are you not as good as them?”
In preparing for her own NaNoWriMo challenge this year, Jenny reflects on previous NaNo failures and how best to plan for success.
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