National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be intense.
If you’ve made it this far, congrats! Not everyone makes it. But I know the creative juices may seem sore or empty by this time. It can get hard to know what to type next.
Well, here’s some key points to remember:
The story might not end at 50,000 words.
I know when I first started, I wanted to cross the finish line and finish the story at the same time. But that’s not what happened.
Finishing the story completely is good, yes, but not all stories are 50,000 words. Usually, they reach about 70,000 words before the story ends. It’s okay if you don’t reach the end of the story. All you gotta do is reach the word count.
Ask “what if ___ happened?” and just go for it. You can always edit it back later.
Saying “what if” could bring your story to a whole new world. It’ll be the new twist that no one has even thought of before, not even you until like ten seconds ago.
But I’ve found that new twists also helps bring some creatives juices back into your body. The more you think about these new twists, the more your brain makes the story into something more. It helps you at least think about the next few thousands words.
Have you been writing in the same place? Why not change it up?
Sometimes the best way to get creative juices is to move in real life. If you’ve been writing in your house the whole time, go to a library. If you’ve been writing in a library, go to the park or a mall. Have you ever written in a restaurant before? What about an art museum?
Moving your body somewhere else can get your brain to think in a different way, which translates onto the page.
Hope these tips help! Have any other ideas? Leave a comment below!