It is time that people stopped believing in the writer’s block monster, because for professional writers, this really doesn’t exist unless you are incredibly stressed and even then it is just an excuse to not write anything. I am not a professional writer and since I taught my brain to think differently about writing and what I write, writers block has never occurred. You really do need to train your brain into thinking differently and here is how.
A good way to conquer writers block and make it a thing of your past is to simply look about and clasp your eyes on something beautiful, unusual, interesting, anything. A bowl of fruit, a particular fruit in that bow, your cat or dog, events going on outside the house that you can see from your window, anything can help you to get back on track to writing.
You see, being a writer doesn’t mean that you sit down day in and day out writing the same thing over and over again or the same story even, until it is perfect before you go into your next project – no! An average writer writes a lot of different things, most of the time those things never ever lead into a story or poem at all. Because by and large it is the practise of writing which makes you a better writer, not dishing out as many finished projects that you are proud of sharing with others, most of your work will never be read by anyone but yourself. It is also good practise to not get into the habit of throwing work away if you feel it is not going anywhere, because you never know when you might need it.
You see practise really does make perfect. So look at that bowl of fruit over there and write about it, make at least a one full page description of it. What does it look like? Where are the shadows falling? What are the textures you can clearly see? Are there any fragrances emanating from the bowl to entice you to eat? You’d be surprised at how much you can write about this.
It all helps you progress not only into becoming a better writer, but a writer who actually writes regularly, daily – it helps you form the writing habit, which is essential if you want a career in writing eventually, because once the door is opened to you, you’d be expected to write a lot, so forming the habit of writing and thinking about writing practise snippets is really an essential part of an everyday writers life. You really have to stop believing in the writer’s block monster, because there are endless opportunities to write about something – anything!
Upon reading many websites this week I have noticed that some of them are absolutely right about one thing and that is, when you first initially write anything it is terrible, in fact so terrible you need to actually write about 600 – 1000 words before you do your actual writing; this can be done via journal, morning pages or whatever, but whatever you do you have to expect that the first 1000 words you produce each day will be crap, jargon and simply nothing but babble, much like this post.
NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, this is going to be my first proper attempt at NaNoWriMo this year. I have researched this a lot and I have been preparing for it a lot in the last three weeks, so I am more than raring to go!
I have a whole novel mapped out and planned to precision, so hopefully there shouldn’t be too many blocked moments.
The aim of NaNoWriMo is that from the 1st of November to the end of November (the 30th) you aim to write 50,000 towards your first draft – it encourages you to actually complete your work. You will receive lots of help and make lots of new friends that help encourage your on you way to completing your 50,000 words. The concept is that this is how a successful best-selling working writer lives, they accomplish on an average around 50,000 words of something a month. It’s to get you realising what life as a best-selling author is going to be like, if you wish to be someone as prolific as say Stephen King. Now to accomplish 50,000 words in just one month, you will need to write 1,670 words per day. Stephen King claims he doesn’t leave his writing den before he has finished writing six pages in any one day – that equates to about the same length we’re expected to write at NaNoWriMo and I must also say, his minimum is just six pages, it’s not what he does every day, he admits sometimes he writes more, but six pages is his daily goal.
Now for someone who is new to the idea of becoming a writer, or for someone who struggles putting pen to paper and is intimidated by that fearsome blank page, this idea can be very daunting – but hang in there! NaNoWriMo members are there to talk you through it, give you tips on how to survive this and what’s more, it will help make you feel like you’ve achieved something. Your first draft isn’t meant to be perfect, some authors have to redraft their work twenty times before it’s prime enough for publication – don’t be too hard on yourself, or your first draft or baby you won’t survive.
Simple tip for getting 50,000 words at NaNoWriMo, just write, forget editing, just write – it’s your first draft, it’s not meant to be perfect!
Not sure if it’s already been done, but I’ve made up a new tongue twister a few weeks ago.
PICKING THE PITH OFF A FEG
It’s an interesting set of words because pith is the white stuff that clings around oranges inside the peel, a feg is a segment of orange, which according to my experience, not a lot of people know that. (says with a very Michael Cain voice).
A ball of burnt orange and red felt is clasped within my hands, I can smell its fragrance it taunts me to take a bite, I feel obliged. Slowly I bite the over ripe fruit and the juice trickles down my chin, drenching my white blouse but I do not care, for the moment and those moments after is sheer heavenly bliss.
The ball of felt has teased all of my senses, the furriness caresses my lips, and the fruit is tangy, watery and cool on my tongue and in my mouth, the fragrance appetizing, alluring, and enveloping and the sight soul clenching.
A slight embarrassment takes me over as I hear the lapping of the juices around my mouth, a little laughter of my friends who’ve noted my secret pleasure with the summer snack, abashed I take a napkin and wipe myself clean, that fruit was simply, perfectly supreme.
I love thunderstorms, even ones given to me via magick from certain people; though it’s not wise to play with the storms, especially as a witch can harness powers from them and blow it back Miss Scarlet, said; the Golden Witch one day.
I am going through a lazy time, a time of rest and boredom
I cannot think to do a thing; I am wasting time and lonesome
My mind it is at a blank and I sit here watching a white screen
How long I’ve sat here I’ve not a clue, but I feel like I want to scream
I have tried some writing prompts, they have helped me some
But now I can’t find more of them, I am sitting here quite dumb
I need to just start writing and enter into a trance
Maybe I will write something if I just tap away at chance