If you participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) then you might be feeling a little burnt out. You’re tired of writing or you’re feeling uninspired or you’re just looking for the motivation again. Writing isn’t supposed to cause stress, and if it is, it might be time to take a step back to reevaluate things a bit. Here are my top four tips to deal with writer’s burnout.
I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo for a few years now. Some years the timing just isn’t good and other years I just never hit my word count goal. I’ve always gone with the theory that any words written is better than no words written. In fact, I started writing my third novel, She’s Not Here, for National Novel Writing Month 2015. However, I’ve never officially won. This year I was a NaNoWriMo Rebel and made my goal to write 20,000 words, which I did! However, I’ve never actually won. So I’ve come to terms with the fact that I just can’t write a novel in a month. And I’m sure I’m not the only one!
It’s finally here! After working on the re-release of Essence it’s finally ready for the world! After getting through many roadblocks and making some very last minute edits, Essence is ready for the world! I hope you all love the new cover and that you’re excited for the cover reveal for I am Mercy!
Today’s writing vlog is where I redeem myself. Do you get to see me exhausted? Yes! Do you get to see me actually write? Yes! My goal for NaNoWriMo this year was to write 20,000 words for my fourth novel. Did I reach my writing goal? We’ll have to wait and see!
It’s hard to write a novel. It’s even harder to write a novel in a month. NaNoWriMo is a great way to get the first draft of your novel written, but I also like to remind people that while 50,000 words is technically a novel, most traditional novels are closer to 80,000 words or more.
What makes a great novel that makes you want to read every book the author has ever written? That answer would be up for debate but I think it’s safe to say a killer plot twist can convince any reader to read more from that author. While plots twists aren’t a must-have when it comes to writing books, it can certainly make a book more interesting, so today I’m talking all about how you can add a plot twist to your novel with some simple foreshadowing tricks.
So much in on video! I was able to get some writing in for week two of NaNoWriMo, though I’ll admit not as much as I would have liked, but for a good reason! I’ve been very busy with the re-release of Essence. But before I get to that, let’s talk about some Black Friday sales I’ve got going on that starts today!
We’re just about at the halfway point of National Novel Writing Month. Some of you are probably starting to feel burnt out while others might have the finish line in sight. Regardless of how many words you’ve written, I have ten tips to get you write more, write faster, and to win NaNoWriMo so you can get the first draft of your novel finished! So, let’s get to writing!
NaNoWriMo week 1 was a little less than successful. I expected that I wouldn’t get many words in because I was traveling for a work conference, but I didn’t realize just how few words I would be able to fit in. If you get anything out of this vlog, I hope that you see it’s okay to fall behind in writing, don’t stress about it and of course, go on adventures whenever you get the chance.