NaNoWriMo: Beating Writer's Block
Well, we're nearly at the end of this year's challenge - how is your story progressing?
Last week we talked about staying motivated, but sometimes you're ready and excited to write, and you just can't!
Here's my advice for beating writer's block:
Mood boards and Pinterest
Pinterest, among writers, is one of the greatest tools we can use! It helps you to visualise your WIP and see where you might want it to go.
You can get lost for hours creating mood boards for your story, finding inspiration and getting excited about your world and characters after feeling like you've lost them.
Use Pinterest to not only get inspired, but to stay open to new ideas. You might be suffering from writer's block because your original idea just isn't working anymore, but you're too attached to change it.
Let yourself explore different options and make your book the best it can be!
Read through what you have
I wouldn't recommend this unless you're really struggling, but looking through your novel so far can be a great indication of what's needed next.
If you don't already have one, create a detailed summary of each chapter, including the word count, subplots, character development, and anything else you consider important. This is a great way to see what you've done and reconnect with the story.
You can also be proud of yourself for making it this far, because all progress is good!
Read similar books for inspiration
One of the easiest ways to figure out what you want to do with your story is to read more in its genre.
You don't want to copy other books, but you'll find many follow a similar format. Use them to think of a good next step in your story, apply the characters' development to your own characters, or get inspired by different writing styles.
Write something totally different
Sometimes we get so caught up in one writing project we forget why we love to write!
Writing a short story, planning another book, or just rambling about anything, is a great way to get out of a block. As I mentioned in my blog on avoiding editing as you go, it's more important to get words out than what the words actually are.
Once your brain is excited about writing again, have another look at your WIP. Are things clearer now, or is it time to look through your plan and try a different path?
Head to my Instagram or Facebook and leave a comment sharing your progress!
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