NaNoWriMo Day # 14: Keeping Up the Momentum

Sometimes it feels like if you take even one step away from the computer and your story that you will lose momentum.  You get in a good flow with your story and you don’t want to leave it for fear that you won’t keep up that same steady flow the next time you sit down at your computer.  Here are a few tips to keep the momentum for your story up even when you are not sitting in front of your computer.

1)      Have a dialogue with your characters when you are away from the computer.  Take mental note of the conversation that you left off with or envision the next scene and the conversation that could take place in that scene and keep that dialogue going in your mind until you sit down at the computer tomorrow (or your next scheduled writing time).

2)      Envision the cover of your book and the book release party that you will have when it is all done and published.  Think about how you will market it and who you will target your advertisements of the book towards.  No, this is not helping the actual story move forward but it is keeping the motivation you have going for putting your but in that chair the next time you are scheduled to write so you can see that vision of your book finished and in stores.  Sometimes having that mental picture of what it looks like when your goals have been met motivates you to get moving on meeting those goals.

3)      You can always make voice recordings of the ideas or notes you want to make within your story.  For some this works better to help remember where you want to go in your story or if you get a new idea that takes your story in a different direction you can quickly record that idea.  Some prefer this to writing down the idea in a notebook.  It also can work very well for those of us who constantly think of storyline ideas when we’re driving around in the car (or does that just happen to me).

I hope some of these ideas help you keep the momentum going in your story even when you’re not sitting down at your computer.  Tomorrow is the halfway point.  Hope your story is unfolding brilliantly!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day # 13: Is the Excitement of NaNoWriMo Starting to Taper Off?

Hopefully you haven’t gotten to that point in your NaNoWriMo experience where the excitement of doing a first draft in 30 days has weaned and the everyday responsibilities of life have once again consumed you.  But if you have reached that point (although that doesn’t usually happen until after you’ve passed the middle of the month) and you are starting to get blocked or starting to procrastinate, perhaps you just need a little motivation to get you going again.

If you’re a music lover (and you can actually write to music—I usually would just end up singing instead of writing) then maybe you could start thinking of music to inspire you to write.  Perhaps you should give your book a soundtrack as if it were going to become a movie (who knows, maybe it will be) and think of the songs that would fit your book and its characters.  The music that might be playing in the background of a dramatic scene could push your story forward even further.

If you are more of a television person maybe watching a little T.V. can get those creative juices flowing again.  If you are writing a drama, perhaps watch a drama show, or if you’re writing something a little more comedic, then watch comedy.  Perhaps watching the style that you are currently writing in can give you ideas for scenes, or dialogue, or an interesting plot twist you can throw into your book.

You might even think about watching an inspiring movie that could give you more ideas for your book.  Perhaps watching a movie that resembles what you want your book to look like on film (not a carbon copy of course but a generalized idea) can give you more of an inspiration to finish what you started this month.  Movies are usually what gets my creative juices going again and gives me an overwhelming amount of new ideas (too many new ideas—usually before I’ve finished working on the old ones) and has me rushing back to my computer (or to my notebook).

If none of those things inspires you to keep writing then do something that does inspire you or do something that can help take the pressure off of you to finish the novel.  There’s nothing wrong with going out for a couple of hours, having some fun with friends or family, and releasing that tension or anxiety you are feeling about getting your novel done.  That may be just what you need to get back into the swing of things.  No matter what you find to inspire you to keep writing, just keep writing!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day # 10: Follow the Story!

Is your story taking an unexpected detour?  You may have started out with the most detailed outline for your novel but sometimes your characters may be leading your story in a different direction.  Now while I am all for sticking to an outline, it is, after all, the foundation of the story.  However, if your story is taking on a life of its own (as stories often do) and it is pulling you in one direction, it is completely counterproductive to resist that pull.

Your characters will always be the one’s responsible for telling the story that you are trying to convey.  A lot of times the story you thought was going to be told in the beginning changes into a completely different story, possibly focusing on a different character as the main character then you had originally intended.  Don’t fight wherever the story is leading you.

If you resist the pull your readers will more than likely be able to see the struggle and it will leave them wondering if the story they read was the story that should have been told.  Follow wherever your story is taking you and just enjoy the ride!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day # 9: The Deeper the Character the Better the Story?

Perhaps by now you are discovering that there is more to your characters then you initially had thought there would be.  Maybe in your outline you didn’t think it necessary to go into grave detail about every aspect of your character’s personality or description.  If you are looking for ways to further develop your character try using a few of these suggestions to bring them to life:

1)      Create an online profile for your character(s).  Think about just how detailed you have to be with an online profile and how much more developed this would make your characters.

2)      Get a poster board.  Visualize your character in your mind and perhaps clip pictures out of magazines of people that resemble what you want your character to look like.  Clip out material possessions that your character owns such as cars, types of clothing that they wear (example of their style of dress), house that they live in, pets that they have.  Clip out pictures of the kind of lifestyle that they exhibit and perhaps items that symbolize what their career is.  Having that visual board in front of you as you write about your character(s) everyday can help give you more insight into your character as you continue your novel.

3)      Talk about your characters to the people you share your story with as if they are real people.  The more real you make them in your mind, the more real they will come out to be in your novel as you write it.  Yes they may think that you are a little nutty but if they are writers as well then they will understand all too well the lengths that writers have to go to in order to make their characters and their story believable.

4)      Create a separate blog for your story and its characters.  This not only help you to better develop those characters but it also gets other readers interested in your story and invested in the characters of that story.  This can provide an immediate response to your characters and let you know whether readers feel anger towards your character or empathy for your character, or whether your characters are even likeable enough.

Hopefully some of these ideas for character development can allow you to get an even deeper sense of who your characters really are and what story they really want you to convey for them.  I have an idea or two that I am planning to use for the development on my next novel.  Happy Writing!

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day # 7: Change of Venue Can Enrich Your Story

Hopefully your novel is coming along well and your story is developing even further than before.  You might be starting to feel restless sitting in your office area day after day to work on your story and before you know it you could be using that as an excuse not to write.  Before that happens, before you suddenly find yourself blocked with your story no longer flowing, get out of your office.

Now don’t take to mean that you should just stop working on your novel.  What I mean is that perhaps it is time to change your environment that you are writing in.  Changing your scenery and your surroundings can really help to get your story going again, and perhaps it will even change your story in a different direction.  Try going to the library, a bookstore, or your nearest Starbucks to work on your novel.  I know that when I go to Starbucks it somehow opens up all kinds of scenarios for my story and sometimes I will even be sparked by the conversations that are surrounding me.

Your story can really be further developed just by getting out of your comfort zone and changing up the way you do things.  You might even discover a whole other side to your main character that you didn’t even realize was there.  So if you’re looking to give your writing process a little more variety and make it a little more lively, then get out there and go write somewhere else for a change.  You may be able to find a WriteIn in your area by searching on the NaNoWriMo website.  No matter where you write, just keep on writing!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day # 5: Resist the Urge You Have to Edit What You Have Done So Far

You’ve spotted a scene at the beginning of the story that you are dying to change.  You notice some things that you didn’t include that need to be in there that will enhance the view the readers get of your character and you may have even seen a couple of unnecessary things that you need to take out.  As tempting as it is for you to go back and edit that scene (or those couple of scenes), DON’T DO IT!

NaNoWriMo is a month for the first draft, the first imperfect draft.  There is no editing in this month.  If you start editing things now, you won’t be able to stop and you will end up losing momentum and falling behind in your word count.  I know what you’re thinking.  “Wouldn’t that add more words to my word count overall?”

Yes, true enough it would do that, but it would also throw your word count off.  Suddenly you would have to figure out what words you counted are now deleted and what words you added should now be counted towards your overall word count tally.  I know that in your mind you see all kinds of improvements that need to be made already but resist the urge.  Trust me, you will have plenty of time to edit later.  That’s what December is for!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day # 1: Don’t Turn and Run, You Can Actually Do This!

Okay so it’s Day 1 of National Novel Writing Month.  Even though it’s only the first day you are already thinking “what in the world did I get myself into here?”  You are re-thinking the whole idea and pondering what the point of it all is.

Thoughts of doubt are starting to seep in and you are beginning to realize just how many words 50,000 is and the time you will have to invest to get it done.  For those of you who have never done this before you may be starting to realize just how hard it really is to write a novel.

Coming from someone who has had all of these thoughts racing through their head before, and all at once, from the times I have done NaNoWriMo before, I’m here to tell you DON’T LISTEN TO THOSE VOICES!  Those are the voices that are trying to get you to give up before you even begin.  I know it seems like it can’t be done and like there is no point to all of this but it just isn’t true.  The point is that your novel is closer to being done then it was before you started.

No matter what you’re inner critic is telling you, you can’t listen.  You Can Do This.  Hang in there, it does get easier.  Soon (maybe even tomorrow) you will start to fall in love with your story as well as your characters and the plot will be all you can think about.  Don’t run away from your story now, it needs you to convey it to the rest of the world!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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