Recently I reached out to my Twitter followers and asked them what writing struggles they needed help overcoming. Twitter user Aliyah responded and said she needed help with maintaining her editorial calendar even when uninspired. With NaNoWriMo coming up in November, I thought this would be the perfect topic to discuss on the blog.
Writing fifty thousand words in thirty days can be tricky. If you plan to write every day that would require writing a minimum of 1,667 words per day. That may seem doable until you factor in that many of us have full-time jobs, go to school, or manage busy households. Although we may have the best of intentions at the beginning of the month when we lay out a writing schedule and plan out the best times to write, some days we just may not feel like writing.
And that's okay!
It is okay to plan to write 2,000 words one day but wake up and just not feel like it. We're human. Sometimes plans don't work out. However, if you're feeling dedicated and you want to CRUSH your writing goal then follow these three tips:
1. Take A Minute to Breathe:
Sometimes, we're feeling uninspired because we're stressed, exhausted, or overwhelmed and we need to take a couple of minutes to get centered again. Read a book. Take a nap. Have a cup of coffee or an adult beverage. Go for a walk. Talk to a friend or family member. Take a bath. Often, after taking time to relax and not think about your novel, inspiration will come.
Some writers feel uninspired because they don't have a clear idea of what to write next. They know they need to write to meet their word count goal, but they don't want to write a worthless chapter just for the sake of writing. I recommend thinking about your story and asking yourself “what-if”. What if a long-lost relative popped up to cause drama? What if a character moved away? What if a character had a secret that could change everything? What if someone died? Let these ideas play around in your brain for a couple of minutes, and you might get a sudden burst of inspiration.
3. Hold Yourself Accountable:
Sometimes, as authors, we have to CHOOSE to write. For example, if we hold a full-time job, the majority of us aren't going to call in sick or take a day off because we're having a bad day. We know that our jobs help provide for our families and we make them a priority. Likewise, we need to consciously decide to make writing a priority. There will be times when we aren't motivated to write, but if we sit down and just write for twenty or thirty minutes at a time, we just might be pleasantly surprised when inspiration strikes.
I want to hear from you! What helps you write when you feel uninspired? Did you find any of these suggestions to be helpful? Do you have a writing struggle that you need help conquering? Feel free to leave a comment down below, and I'll talk to you soon.