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 6: Starbucks really does work wonders!

Okay so I am at good ole Starbucks, drinking coffee that is probably way too high in calories but I got the job done for the day.  I thought about the possibility of making this an everyday ritual or at least a ritual for every weekend but that could become way too costly and I already can’t afford the coffee I bought today.  Yes another one of those rewards (just one given before the actual words were met for the day).  Nevertheless, I wrote 1,700 words today which brings my total word count to 10,418 thus far.  And what’s more is that my story seems to be flowing along beautifully.  I am possibly having the best NaNoWriMo experience that I’ve had since beginning this process four years ago.  I have not gotten stuck and my story hasn’t started to drag and I am grateful for that (hoping I haven’t jinxed myself).  Tomorrow begins the early morning wake up sessions again for the week.  I think Mackenzie might have a very complicated time this coming week.  She’s about to be put through a lot.  Stay tuned!  Until tomorrow…Enjoy how far you’ve gotten so far and keep going! 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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Even the Mind Needs to be Recharged

“If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies.  And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.”

~Oprah Winfrey 

Sitting in the starbucks working on trying to finish up my list for this week and just remembered that I have not yet posted my third blog post for this week, which is on my list.  So while this post will not be long because I must get back to working on this query letter, I thought I would say a few words.  More than anything this is for my best friend who always motivates me to get out of my own way and stop insisting that I can’t do something and change my way of thinking.  Today she is having one of those “I don’t really feel like doing anything” days and while I know I started to get on her about working on her list for this week, I stopped myself to tell her that it’s okay because sometimes we just have those days.  I had months of those days so who am I to get on her about anything.  Sometimes the mind just needs to rest and recharge its batteries and that’s okay. 

If we really think about it, recharging the mind does have a lot to do with completing our tasks and our goals because if our minds aren’t sharp then nothing we produce will be of much good.  So to my very best friend, and any other writer out there who is just having one of those days, don’t feel too bad because in actuality as long as your mind is still spinning those ideas around in your head then you haven’t really stopped working.  Until next time…let your mind recharge, and begin again tomorrow! 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

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