Getting Back On Track
1. Write yourself in. Some of you may have heard me talk before about keeping a written planner. While in a technologically advanced world there are admittedly some drawbacks (it doesn’t translate to every device, it won’t send you alerts or set alarms, etc.), writing down something and feel the tip of a pen against a surface hits my brain in a different way than typing, plus I find the tactile experience of the pages in my hand much more engaging.–Whatever your most successful method, though, write yourself in! Made an appointment with yourself. A date. A check in. Whatever you need to do, but set aside some time in an official capacity – on your calendar. Approach it like you would any appointment you have and take it seriously.–2. Give yourself options. Once you take this sacred time to yourself, give yourself some options. When I carefully set aside time to write (or for any specific activity), I find that when the time arrives that is suddenly the last thing I want to do. Work time? I think craft-time is more like it. Writing time? I have never wanted to clean the house as badly in my life. Sometimes it’s hard to force the activity if it doesn’t want to come, but writing, as with anything else, is a practice and a little coaxing might be necessary.–When you enter the time you set aside to write, give yourself a little leeway but stay as focused on your task as possible. If writing words actual involves you pulling teeth from your mouth, give yourself the space to maybe research an aspect of your story – a location, and object, a philosophical theory. Maybe sketch a character or look through online image research tools for a picture that inspires you (pixabay.com is a great free image resource that I use quite often). Work on your story, but give yourself options and you may find that the writing itself comes a little more easily.–3. Treat yo self! Everything is harder when it’s work. You have to sit down. You have to write x number of words. But what if you got to take this time instead? Find ways to make your writing sessions a treat to yourself. Favorite beverage? Drink it! Comfy, fuzzy pants? Wear them! Candles scented like a unicorns elbow? Light that thing up! Seriously, create a space that you want to be in. Give yourself the things that make you comfortable and happy. Start to associate these productive you-based moments with positive, toasty feelings and help make it a time that you can’t wait to take because realistically it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be work, so why not make it as enjoyable as possible?
Falling Behind During NaNoWriMo and 3 Tips to Get Back on TrackThis article from allfreelancewriting.com gives some interesting and concrete ideas for how to mix up your writing process in a way that can help get you back in the 50,000 words in 30 days game. https://
allfreelancewriting.com/ falling-behind-nanowrimo-3- tips-get-back-track/–NaNoWriMo’s Pep Talk from Justina IrelandThe week’s pep talk on NaNoWriMo’s official site comes from Justina Ireland, author of Vengeance Bound, Promise of Shadows, and Dread Nation, which is a New York Times bestseller. In this pep talk she shares, seemingly counterintuitively, how much writing can suck. https://nanowrimo.org/ pep-talks/justina-ireland
Author: Fox Smith
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Storyteller, illustrator, and performer, Fox Smith has been speaking publicly on social topics such as Geek Feminism, diversity and representation in media, creating safer spaces, and education and empowerment nationally for 6 years.
Stories are her passion, and she holds the firm belief that everyone has a story that deserves to be told. Through the sharing of diverse voices and perspectives, we are able to create a true sense of community and belonging.