I’ve attempted NaNo six times. I’ve won twice. What’s crazy is that I was 18 when I attempted it the first time and in the seven years since then, my writing has grown up right along with me. The themes and topics I cover in my writing, the way I write, the characters I create, all echo the development I’ve gathered over the past few years.
NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow! Which means the writing community will be enveloped in a cacophony of page rustling, pen scratching, coffee sipping chaos. And I can’t wait.
Are you participating this year? Let me know in the comments!
I’m excited to be taking another crack at NaNo. This will be my sixth time doing NaNo… and I’ve finished twice. I’m aiming to make this lucky number three, so here at the Lexicon Writing Blog, you’ll be shown a good NaNo time: tons of blog posts, resources in the library, and I’ll share my successful NaNo experiences to my newsletter subscribers. Be sure you’re subscribed to get in on all the action… and the free resources… there’s some great stuff in there!
Do you ever wish you could get into the heads of multiple characters in a story? I know I do, which is why I love stories with multiple POVs. But these stories can be tricky to write because you’re balancing not only perspective, but personality, self-reflection, and biases.
Basically, you have to write from multiple brains at one time, which is… intimidating.
Luckily, that’s what this post is all about! This is the second in our four-part series on POV.
If there’s anything I miss about school, it’s the amount that I wrote. If you major in anything related to English, Journalism, Creative Writing, or Communication in university, you’re practically guaranteed to write. A TON.
And up until this year, my three years in university had been the most productive period of my life. I was writing almost constantly (I guess being Editor in Chief of the newspaper and taking a ton of writing electives would do that).
I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but it wasn’t until I started The Lexicon Writing Blog that I actually starting writing frequently again. I started TLWB mostly so I’d have an excuse to write every week! But here we are, a year and a half later and not only has this blog taken off in ways I never expected, but I’m also writing more than ever.
My husband and I are traveling to Boston this week, and we’re pretty much over the moon. We’ve been told by multiple people that it’s the perfect city for two book-loving, art-appreciating, foodie nerds such as us.
And of course, because I can’t ever get writing out of my head, I immediately started thinking about what can I endeavor to learn on this trip that will make me a better writer.
You’ll see me say this over and over again: the more you write, the more you’ll improve. I encourage writing every day because writing is a lot like working out, eating healthy, or self-care: Consistency is key. As long you can get to your computer to write every day, even for five minutes, you’ll be helping your writing by leaps and bounds.
But I get it. Writing every single day can be really hard, especially when you have vacations, balancing schedules of kids and spouses, seeing family and friends, and other commitments to balance. Finding five minutes to brush your teeth can be hard!
But the rule still applies: consistency is key.