What can I say that will inspire all you brave souls to push your way through all the roadblocks to the end of the month? I’m just the same as you, staring at the blank screen or sheet of paper wondering how I’ll get through the month. I know this is my eighth year and three of my NaNo projects have been published. But on November first I am in the same place as you.
So what has gotten me through? The first thing to do is WRITE that first word, first sentence, first paragraph, first page. Now you don’t have a blank page. That first page doesn’t have to be an inspired, drop-dead wow. That’s the beauty of NaNo. Sometimes I find just writing anything related or unrelated can get the juices flowing. When you get stuck do it again. WRITE anything.
November is also a good time to find other writers doing the same thing. Writing can be a lonely profession, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact I would even venture a guess that it shouldn’t be the case in November. Finding a Write-in either on-line or in person has been my salvation. Other writers doing the same thing can provide stimulus when you get in that place where the words won’t come.
You may be saying, “But, I can’t get to write-ins because… (Insert excuse) there are on-line write-ins. If you can’t see yourself doing either of those and still getting stuck, find one writing buddy. Do word wars or sprints. There are many computer programs out there that can help. I like Write or Die. It can be programmed to make obnoxious noises if you stop writing along with setting a word count and/or a time limit.
If you do a web search you can find any number of free programs to help you through and provide all types of motivation. For those of you who are less tech savvy there are oodles of books with all kinds of writing prompts. One I use when I get stuck is 1001 Plot Ideas to Get You Started by Darlene Reilley, available at Amazon in print and Kindle versions.
Anyway as I see it there are few reasons not to at least get a few words written. And if the 50,000 words goal is scaring you away, don’t think of it as 50,000 words. Think in smaller goals each time you sit down to write.
One last tip and this is probably the most important next to WRITE, and that is make sure and I strongly suggest: TURN OFF THE INNER EDITOR. I’ll repeat that for those of you who may have skimmed over it: TURN OFF THE INNER EDITOR.
Remember this month is all about the writing, not the editing, not making it perfect. You won’t come out of the month with a publishable manuscript. My three novels took anywhere from one to five years to have them ready to submit. But you will have started something, you will have followed that inner desire to create, and maybe someday you will even have a published manuscript. For today, for this month just focus on the writing, releasing the story that has patiently been waiting inside of you. Answer the muse’s call and WRITE.
Palace of the Twelve Pillars
When the rival king realizes he kidnapped the wrong prince, hostilities escalate. Loyalties to each other and country are tested for the twin princes of Crato, Joachim and Brandan.
Joachim, captive of King Waldrom, faces deception and betrayal as he struggles to find his way home. Brandan, at home with a father focused on rescuing Joachim, wrestles with his own demons as he searches for his place in the world and the favor of his father.
Torn from the safety and peace of their childhood, they are thrust into a world where bonds of family, brotherhood and roles as heirs to Crato are tested. Through war, spiritual journeys, death and marriage, will they choose the path of good or evil? Who can be trusted, as the world they know slips into a whirlpool of chaos?
Palace of the Three Crosses
As each prince tries to readjust to life, they must face the funeral of their father and their missing mother.
They each take on the responsibility of ruling a country with new wives by their sides, but can they and the countries survive the trials that will ensue because of their choices?
About Christina Weigand
Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a middle school daughter. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.
When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, or with the church theater group, volunteering at her daughter and granddaughter’s school in the library as well as helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing.