Even though November is over, I’m still writing!
Merry Christmas to me, YEEEAAHH BUDDDYYY!
Been wanting this pen FOR EVER. And no, I had to buy it myself.
Hopefully combing my beard can help with writer’s block. If not…, least it feels good.
They obviously never read the books…
Writing 50k words has let my beard go a little crazy. And yes, that is a Sheaffer in my mouth; that’s what she said.
Fry’s not coming back, sorry.
this is new favorite thing on the internet
I see where he gets his good looks from
If in doubt, flip a table like Alan do
This is so bad that I love it
(ps I am ashamed of the “Diagon Alleys” pun)
Emma Watson στο We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/80392052
There are 12 completed Link books (currently), but let me tell you that it was not at all easy to accomplish, and it has literally taken years. And while the books are completed, they are nowhere near done. It’s normal to struggle while working on a novel, and to feel at times like you aren’t capable of accomplishing it and bringing it to completion—every writer struggles with this fear at one point or another!
If you’re feeling discouraged by your word count or lack of writing drive, allow me to give you a few pointers that helped me get through my first novel:✗ WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU LOVE
While there will always be parts of the novel that you struggle to write, remember to pick a subject and story that you’re already in love with! There’s no point in making yourself write something you have no interest in—that’s what school is for! Write what you know and love, write about something you won’t mind spending hours thinking over and planning. This is supposed to be an exercise in novel writing, yes, but it should also be something you enjoy.
- Homages and tributes are wonderful, and if you’re not planning on publishing your NaNo project, fanfiction can also be a an option!
- It’s important to create characters you can love—whether it be love to hate them, or love everything about them. As the writer, this is your world, and you create the people in it.
- Basing characters off of people you know in real life can be a wonderful resource, but remember to ask permission before writing in anything that is too easily recognizable as them!✗ IGNORE TYPOS AND OTHER EDITING ISSUES
Focus on writing the story rather than writing it grammatically correct—those changes can always be made later on! Once you’ve completed the project, you can have a friend you trust look it over, but while actually writing it, don’t stress about it too much.✗ BREAK THE RULES SOMETIMES
Following basic rules of language and writing can really help in some situations, but this is your project, and at the end of the day no one can tell you how to write it. You want lots of run-on sentences? Go for it! You like using flowery prose? Why not? You start sentences with ‘and’ or ‘but’ despite what your annoying English teachers told you? The reader can deal with it!
Some of the best authors of not only modern times but the past have broken the most basic rules of literature in completing their novels, and you know what? We remember them. Rules are there for a reason, but sometimes it’s best to just write what you’re feeling!✗ DON'T WORRY ABOUT ORDER
If you already know the ending or middle of your novel, write it first. This is important to avoid forgetting details, and if what you write ends up changing due to what you write to bridge towards it, you can easily edit endings or middle parts when you get to them!
It’s important to write out any scene ideas you have when you have them. Human memory can be unreliable, and you can always edit or change it later.✗ DON'T FORCE IT
There will be days where you don’t feel like writing. The human brain is fickle at best, and sometimes we wake up feeling like working on other things. It happens to everyone, so don’t feel bad! If you’re not feeling the writing bit of it for the day, try other ways to keep your mind focused on the story itself.
- Do more research on the subjects you’re writing—the more you know, the better you’ll write it!
- Listen to music that inspires you. Some great resources for this are:♪ 8tracks internet radio
♪ tumblr music tag
- Fancast and make graphics, but don’t get lost in photoshop! It’s great to give faces to your characters, and creating graphics or other media representations of them can be a great way to keep your mind on the story as well as inspire you in directions you otherwise wouldn’t have considered, but don’t forget to close the graphics programs and google image searches every so often to get back to writing.
Set goals for yourself—one hour of photoshop and fancasting for every two of writing, or whatever ratio works for you!
- Create a blog to track your process and keep track of graphics, then share with your friends if you’re comfortable with doing so. There’s nothing more encouraging than seeing people follow your progress and cheer you on!✗ DON'T STRESS OR RUSH
NaNo has daily word goals, but these aren’t deadlines where you will get a failing grade if you don’t meet them! They’re just that—goals.
Completing your novel is the ultimate goal, yes, but every writer is different and works at a different pace. Don’t stress too much if you’re behind your word count, there’s always tomorrow. And if you fail to meet the eventual goal for completion, you’ve got the day after that. NaNo is designed to encourage novel writing, but it doesn’t end after just one month—it continues as long as you continue to enjoy writing!✗ TALK ABOUT IT
Tell your friends, family, or teachers that you’re working on NaNo—anyone who will encourage you to do your best and continue. Sometimes just talking about your story idea will help encourage your brain to continue writing it! Friends, families, and teachers can also provide invaluable creative input.
If you’re stuck on a particular story point or characterization, ask someone you trust to help you! There’s no shame in getting help with your novel—that’s why there are acknowledgements at the end of most books! You can complete the book alone, everyone is capable of writing if they put their mind to work, but it’s okay to ask for help too.✗ WORLD BUILDING CAN WAIT
Building the world your characters live in is very important! However, it is something that can happen as you write the story, not necessarily something you need to hash out in grand detail before you start writing—it’s easy to get lost in just world building and forget to actually write the story.
Part of the editing process that happens when the story is completed is making sure your world rules make sense. If you mess up a detail along the way, that’s more than okay and something that can always be fixed later on. If you decide on a detail along the way that applies to earlier in the story and changes parts of it, that’s okay too. Remember, you don’t have to write in order, and the editing process can be a live-saver when it comes to consistences in your overall story!✗ READ
"If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.
" -Stephen King
Sometimes it’s important to take a break from writing entirely and just grab one of your favorite books. Reading encourages creativity in your own mind as well as improves your writing technique. As you read novels, you pick up skills and styles of writing without even realizing it!✗ DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHER WRITERS
Just like every person is different, every writing is too. Don’t compare your skills or speed to any other writer out there—stay focused on your own writing goals and project! It’s easy to see others’ progress and feel discouraged, but remember, this isn’t a race!
In conclusion, remember that everyone struggles at times with their writing, but the important thing is to have fun with it!
GOOD LUCK WRITING FELLOW BUDDING NOVELISTS,
She likes poetry? I can do poetry.