Ever have a tough time getting the writing juices flowing? This article will help. Plus, you get another teaser from my work in progress, They All Died Smiling.
I'm part of NANoWriMo 2014, writing a 50,000 word novel in November.
Today I was thinking about the power of momentum.
Ome days, a writer will sail past their writing goal in the throes of creative fervor (or caffeine overdose). Other days, Life Happens. One writer had a bad cold and couldn't think. Another had unexpected company. Another had a pipe burst.
Naturally, some days will flow and others will be harder, but that doesn't mean you let up on yourself.
It's still possible to keep a good flow going, regardless of life.
Here are a few things I like to do to ensure a successful writing day:
1. Leave off where I KNOW precisely what comes next.
2. Leave off mid-scene, not at an ending.
3. Go back to fill in whatever needs fleshing out from yesterday's session. (I call it Spiral Writing).
4. Work on something related to the book, like a r filling in backstory or writing about one or more of the places where the action occurs.
All these things are considered within the rules of NaNoWriMo, as long as they're related to the book you're writing. Any of these techniques will keep you moving.
Today's Tease from They All Died Smiling:
Meet Russell Higgins, friend of Kassidy (our hero).
Russell and Kass went to the same school and hung out together with a cluster of other youth, including Randy, whom Kass married.
Russ always carried a torch for Kassidy, as the saying goes, but since she and Randy becae an item, he felt like he never had a chance.
They grew up in the Missouri Ozarks and went to a rural school in a little place called Blue Eye. Whereas Kass was the consummate country girl, Russ craved big city life. He never figured to meet her in Chicago.
Since he always wanted to play spy games, Kass figured he would end up working with the CIA. Turns out she was close. He is a new FBI agent as the story opens. He wants to climb the ladder and hopefully move on to New York or D. C.
As They All Died Smiling opens, Kass unknowingly sees him when she sees him disembarking a subway train when she's on her way home from work. He's well muscled with a great smile. She calls him Mr. Hottie in her mind.
The next day, they end up in the same restaurant. She recognizes him, and they will have all sorts of interesting encounters. He manages to put her down within minutes of their reunion.
That's all for today. I am staying on track to write a 200 page novel in 30 days, and I'm not losing ground!
You can watch my progress here: If you're in nano and want to be a buddy, feel free to add me.
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Ronda Del Boccio
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Teller of transformational tales.
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