I survived my first week of NaNoWriMo and got my 10K badge. Here are the best and worst moments of the last seven days of writing.
We interviewed Alissa Perrucci, one of our published Shut Up & Write! authors, to hear her story of how she wrote and published her book.
You haven’t written in a while but you’re ready to write again. Here’s a fool-proof way to getting back into your writing routine.
You’re writing your first draft; we’ve all been there. You’re nervous, anxious, excited – maybe you have an outline, maybe you’re just winging it. Things are going well… but then, you find yourself starting to pause. Your momentum slows, your word count drops. You find yourself picking over details, spending agonizing moments bent over a Thesaurus. Maybe you find yourself researching the precise patterns available from the time period in your book. You heard a lecture about the importance of your opening scene and you’ve rewritten chapter 1 before you’ve found your ending.
This, my friend, is getting caught up in the lure of perfection. Here’s how you get out.
You’re excited to write. You talk about doing it. You make plans to do it. Trouble is, you’re not writing.
You’re not alone. Developing the discipline to write consistently can be tough, particularly when you are first starting out. Everything else seems to get in the way. Here’s how to get yourself on track when you find yourself procrastinating.