I’ve mentioned this before and I’m sure I’ll continue to mention it all the time: I’ve written more this year than I have in any other year of my life. It’s incredible and empowering to have spent 2017 learning what I’m really capable of as an author and writer. To put it in list form, I’ve written:
- Two ebooks
- Five novellas
- Nine and a half short stories
- Six creative essays
- Sixty blog posts
Not to mention the additional writing I’ve done on projects that are coming soon, like my new resource for writers, Writer’s Caffeine (hopefully coming out Summer of 2018!), two short story series that are in progress and will be self-published in 2018 and 2019, and the writing I do for my job in marketing.
We’re getting to the end of NaNoWriMo and if it hasn’t reared its ugly head at you yet, beware: writer’s block may be coming for you.
But don’t worry, that’s why we’re here today! I’m sharing my best tips and tricks for how to deal when writer’s block hits. Because it can be paralyzing and scary and no fun at all. And when you’re on a time crunch, like our dear friend NaNoWriMo, it can be overwhelming.
So what’s a writer to do?
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.