Devastating

The one thing that writers can’t Stand!

So the other day I was typing away and suddenly out of nowhere my computer flashed red. I rushed to the other side of the room, grabbed a cord, dashed back, hooked up the charger AND…. nothing. My charger decided to tear on me plunging into death. For normal people this isn’t a huge problem.

But when you are trying to finish NaNoWriMo, on a strict schedule, with only paper and pens, it isn’t going to work! Out of pure hate I cursed the world, asking God “why me!?! Isn’t there someone else you can pick on?” I was lost that day among the sorrows of what writers dread most.

Let me just say I freaked out, and this wasn’t a normal person freak out, but a writer’s freak out. You see writers tend to be a little crazier in the brain, which explains all of our great ideas, but this also means that I was living in a psycho universe.

I yelled, I cried, stomped around like a five year old, held my breath hoping someone would change my predicament. I thought it was the end of the world, or at least my world, and I didn’t know what to do.

Although, that was just the first day. Now the second and third days, something very strange happened. It was like I had been stuck in my house for FAR too long, and I had become one of those crazy people that neighbors steer their kids far away from. When I finally went outside I began to do stuff.I hung out with friends, went for a ride, and talked to my lovely neighborly strangers

Yes, it’s true. Over the last three days I have become a normal person. Someone who is almost sane, actually. There wasn’t any writers block fits, no emotional baggage with my characters, and certainly no stress with the deadline.

My head was clear today, and it felt as though the three days were casting magic over my fingers, because I could write as fast as a demon can fly with wings. Which is to say it was pretty darn speedy.

The point I finally understood today, and possibly why God (or the creator/Divine/ Etc.) placed this horrible event upon me, is we need to take a break every once in a great while. Its halfway through the challenge, and there is no way we can all stay sane if we don’t have a break. So put away your laptop, take a breather, and enjoy the bliss of life. Even if it is only for two days, it will help you more than you know.

Until next time,

A. Willow

NaNoWriMo Tips- How to finish your novel

Good Day Everyone,

Today I will be giving you a few tips on how to finish your book. It’s NaNoWriMo season and everyone is struggling to keep pace in this very timely race. So look for examples below and I hope you find an answer to the difficulty you are  facing.

1. I can’t seem to get past chapter 5 because I don’t know if the first few chapters are good enough.

Leave it up to the girl who changed her beginning 10 times before I perfected it. Listen carefully and closely, you must move on my friend. I never would have finished my book if I was only dwelling on the first few pages, because in reality you don’t actually know where your story is going at this point. Sure you might have a rough idea, and it may not be fitting into your image. But you have to move on. Writing takes on a life of its own, and stories make up their own minds as you write. If you don’t move on you won’t actually know the heart of your story. And remember, its easier to create a beginning once you already have a middle and end. You know everything about your book at this point and that will help you find the “perfect” beginning.

2. I have writer’s block. I don’t care what others say, it exists and I have it.

Well my dear friend I am in agreement with you, and trust me this is a very hard road to travel. For pointers it really just depends on your own style of getting back into it, and how you inspire yourself to continue. Here are a few pointers that I have learned work for me on occasions like this.

If I’m feeling uninspired and can’t think of what comes next, I will watch a movie that reminds me of my book. When the actors are playing out the scene that is the most dramatic, I feel my heart lifting and my hands are suddenly ready to type again. Its that surge of adrenaline that helps me find my writers focus again.

If I have no idea how to create the part that’s next there are two things you can do. You can either skip that part for now and hope it comes back to you or you can get out into the world and explore. Tell you friends and family about your book, and ask them for ideas. I’m sure they would be more then willing to help (but don’t go to a dramatic person that would say you stole their idea, or would rub it in your face 24/7 and humiliate you). If that doesn’t  work go out and just watch people, listen to their conversations, just feel the world around you. The only reason you may be missing a piece in your work is because you haven’t experienced it yourself. Like for my story I had no clue what to put in the middle of the book when a new character came in. Now, after meeting a boy (blush), I finally figured out he was the type of character I was missing. I had never been close with someone like him, and he really helped me see that character I’ve been secretly hoping for. So get out in the world, do things you never would do and experience.

3. Okay I’ll admit it. I’m scatter brained, but that’s the cost of being a wonderful author. Your mind is zooming and you can’t finish one work to another.

I have issues personally with finishing one book at a time. I start so many ideas and stories, but to be honest I never seem to be able to finish them. Yes I now have two books down my belt, but for how much I write I should have ten! My brain scatters and I can’t focus on one series. So I picked up a few tips that may help.

If you have an idea write it down. Yes even go a little further and imagine it. Suddenly, as if lightning hit you and gave you a wonderful idea, you keep finding yourself going along with the story unable to stop. This is good. Great even, but tell me, is this  the story you want to send out to publishers and agents? What book do you want to finish? You need to push yourself to finish one book at a time, just one. You need to force yourself to think about the book, and be apart of that book in order to stay focused. Becuase if you get a new idea every night that is just going to cause chaos in the mind and you won’t ever be able to be an author. So I want to tell you to respect the new ideas, and to fold them and put them in their designated drawers neatly, but don’t get carried away if you want to finish something else. You need to be able to think reasonably and make sacrifices if you want to finish a book this November.

Okay, I’ll admit it. All of these were issues I’ve had in the past. I don’t know what you are going through, and I don’t know if you need more help. So please leave a comment below if you need help with something and I can certainly leave you with a wonderful tip that can hope fully help you along your way.

A. Willow

Made the Quota of 10,000 Words, Finished a Book: Thanks NaNoWriMo!

By day 6 we should have done about 10,000 words for NaNoWriMo. Now that’s hard when you think about it.

I didn’t start off too great, maybe clocking in at about 250 words by the third day. But I am going to tell you now, that if you are slacking you can still catch up. I clocked in today at 10,772 words because I am making it my goal to succeed.

You see, I have a lot of book ideas, and about three unfinished books in total. Well today I accomplished more than just word count, I finally can limit those three books to two. I finished a first book to a trilogy, and feeling ecstatic and impatient  to edit, I know I must wait, because as of right now the second book of that series is at 19,000 words. ….Lets put this together shall we. So if I finish up on my 40,000 words that are due then I will certainly have that other book done!

It’s about time I have had this change. I’ve been slacking with my goals as of late. I just write what I feel and lately that hasn’t been enough. You need to push yourself to write the parts that you may not necessarily like in your book, but are necessary for the plot.

Thanks to everyone for participating in NaNoWriMo, you have given me inspiration to finish what I started!

 

The Writing Monster: Why NaNoWriMo will be the End of Me.

In the past I have mentioned how tremendously hard it can be to beat the clock, but now that its November those posts seem like nothing. NaNoWriMo is here, and it is blowing up in everyone’s faces. Do we have the time to conquer this new quest or must we fall like every other year?
Fight  I say. Today I am skipping the day…not on writing but on life. I am dedicated and will finish this book if it is the last thing I do.

I can see it now, by the end of the month I will be typing so ferociously, and so intensely that not only will I forget all of my bodily duties, but I will become one heaping hot mess. My clothes will be scattered across the apartment, my hair will be in tangled knots from my uncleanliness. My showers will have been forgotten as my mind glazes over and can only focus on one thing- the screen.

My hands, typing so fast, will grow dry and cracked. It should annoy me to the point of putting on lotion if I am in a sound mind, but at this point I would be too far gone. My school will be put on hold, throwing away my very education. The place I call work, may very well be a foreign mishap when I forget to clock in mentally.

There is no telling what I will become, but today is the start of whatever fever I am catching. To stop the world around me is what I am conquering today. Forget the real life I amcurrently living in and delve into the world of my characters. This is the way I must be when writing. If I want to finish NaNoWriMo, and if that wonderful book truly is going to be great.

The risk of being a full time writer is that you have to start thinking like one. Let go of the world and enter the forbidden fortress of your mind. There the creature of a dark world enters your soul and all you are left with is a beast on the outside. For the people that watch you fall into this realm they will be scared. They will witness before their eyes a monster coming out and replacing the person they once knew.

Don’t be scared of this place my friends, it’s a necessary part if you are to participate in NaNoWriMo. Because this month is beyond the possible and in itself is insane, YOU my dear writer must meet its match and become the abominable creature you never knew lived within yourself.

Wish me luck. This month I’m tackling the impossible and you must remember, nothing should be more important to you then your writing if you are  going to be successful.

…Well with a few exceptions of loved ones of course 😉 Please don’t ignore your child or spouse, that’s just asking for a sorrowful chaos to last longer then just our precious November.

As always feel free to comment below, and tell me about the monster you have seen come out of its shell this month!

A. Willow

 

NaNoWriMo: No More Excuses!

I know how your feeling at this moment when people mention National November Writers Month (NaNoWriMo). You were at first all in about a month ago, but now, a few days into November, you don’t know where to start.  This is what happened to me for the past two years and I get stressed, and upset that I haven’t started, so I put up a block and don’t start at all. crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafb

Being a writer means that you have to get used to setting goals for yourself. This month is just a national set up to help all of us writers stay on track. I find it to be a very strong community, and once November hits there is so much help on thousands of blogs that you can’t say you didn’t know how.

This October I visited a site that made me think of something. All my life as a writer I have only accomplished to finish one book. although there have been many close reads, and many ideas for stories, all I am left with is a jumbled mess of unfinished stories. So I thought that if someone can finish a manuscript in less than a month then why can’t I finish what I’ve already started?

Writing is hard because goals are a necessity. We brush it off saying “Yeah, I don’t have time to write today”, but when you do that you are limiting your time to finish anything. The less time you spend to write, the more likely you will NOT be successful for your career as a writer. Sure, there are a few wild exceptions, but those lucky few were only lucky or had a REALLY good platform.

Most of us aren’t so lucky, and we must work to achieve our goals. So I want every aspiring writer to take out their keyboard, pen, or pencil and write until your arm feels like its going to fall off. We have to celebrate this month for the respect of our writing community as well as for the respect you have for yourself.

So when you have friends nagging at you to come out, and no matter how tempting it is to sneak off into the night use this excuse,  “I have a goal set for myself that I respect, and NaNoWriMo isn’t going to wait around for me. ”

Say this to yourself while your in the shower, at work, playing a board game, and as soon as you get free time you need to write write write. There is no waiting around for this, because soon it will be the end of November and the outcome is either you have a full manuscript or you don’t.

Thanks for reading and I hope you find the inspiration to keep writing away.

A. Willow

(Feel free to leave comments, questions, or concerns down below and I would be happy to get back to you.)