It’s Day 3 of #NaNoWriMo, only Day 3. My personal goal this month is 2,000 words a day, but I haven’t met that goal yet. I find myself doing everything but write. I have come up with a list of five ways to help you get out of that slump and get those words. No more excuses.
1.) Do word sprints: Whether it be with a group or on your own, ten minutes or an hour, challenge yourself to a word sprint. You can find fellow sprinters on twitter, Facebook, and on the NaNoWriMo site to help encourage your sprint.
2.) Brainstorm plot ideas: I find that if you start brainstorming and plotting, you will be encouraged to start writing. So, sit down, think about your story, and start typing away.
3.) Change of scenery: Instead of always sitting in the same spot, change it up. If you type at a desk, move to the couch. If you write in bed, sit at the kitchen table. Try a coffee shop, library, or book store (A book store should be encouragement because who doesn’t want to find their own book there?!!)
4.) Different time of day: Some people are morning people, some are night owls. But, just because you’re a night owl doesn’t mean that’s the best time of day for you to write. Try the morning instead.
5.) Different method of writing: Many of us are tied to our laptops, but what if you started writing your story by hand? If you’re a typer, try hand writing, and if you hand write, try typing.
All of these suggestions are just ways to trick your brain into something new. Plus, you never know what you might see or hear that will inspire you. What ways have you changed things up to get back to writing? Do you have more suggestions? I’d love to hear from you.
Don’t forget the #WritingWenches have their Holiday Anthology Cover Reveal Bash tomorrow!