Wow, okay so yesterday was the start of NaNoWriMo! It was interesting, albeit a tad frustrating. I knew that I had to hit the 1667 words a day mark, if not I was just going to fall way behind (again). So, I began writing and I was feeling pretty good, that is until I checked my word count: 455. Okay, okay no biggie. I push on and I find myself checking my word count every few minutes. I stopped at about 800-something, barely half way done. Then life called, getting my niblings off to bed and cleaning the kitchen, etc.
When I sat back in front of my laptop, suddenly it felt like I was stuck in a loop of diminishing return, I would type like crazy but nothing happen, word count wise that is, not story wise (my boys were kicking butt). But I did finish, and before midnight (yay!).
I made some interesting discoveries about my characters during the process in way my short writing bursts probably would have never considered. If I stick this out (can anyone say procrastination?), I wonder what other stories my character will tell.
If you’re ever stuck, I find that jolting down my goals for that scene works. Like, I want Person A to go to this destination, then I list the conflicts and when the other characters pop in. Sometimes I just write conversations with myself. I know that might sound weird but it works, well at least for me. I’ll write my outline, then I’ll ask myself why does A want to go there, what purpose will be fulfilled, is this scene necessary, and things like that. I have pages upon pages of me arguing with…me. It especially helps for revealing plot holes.
If you have any other ways to fight writer’s block, please let me know ^_^ sometimes even I don’t want to talk to myself (I can get very annoying D:)