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  • xxmysteriousxx123
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    Slightly behind on my target word count so have decided to share some tips for anyone who feels like their novel dreams are slowly, painfully dying at the first hurdle (I know the feeling, buddy ;) ) entitled: "NANOWRIMO-POCOLYPSE: THE SURVIVAL GUIDE"

    1) Go into NaNoWriMo Hibernation Mode. No, I'm serious. - Even if it's just for an hour, or two hours, or thirty minutes, find your 'happy spot' and lock yourself away in it, whether it's your bedroom with Taylor Swift blaring out of your earphones or the silence in your writer's garden shed. Shut down the internet. Turn off your phone. Bring some snacks and drinks to avoid unnecessary, procrastinating trips to Refridgerator Land, where you just know you'll get distracted by the newspaper, or the weather, or that bird in that tree over there...

    2) Ignore the clock - One of my biggest pet peeves is how long it takes me to write a page. Or a sentence. Or sometimes even come up with a word. Even if I'm really getting into writing a scene, if I glance at the clock and realise three hours has just wooshed by and I only have seven hundred words to show for it, I feel like a time-waster. Therefore, ignore the clock. Stop when you're emotionally spent, have reached the end of a scene/chapter, or have reached your word count. The beauty of writing is that you can manipulate time, so don't let time manipulate you.

    3) Be a Time Lord. Don't write everything in the order it's supposed to be in - There is possibly nothing, I mean nothing, more frustrating than having an idea. And having a mental plot outline. And coming up with a wicked, breath-taking, heart-pounding conclusion. Or scene stuffed full of witty remarks and funny comebacks. And then...BOOM. You can't get there because you can't get past writing this awkward scene where X goes here. Or X meets Y. Or the freakin' protagonist, beloved X, can't even. get. out. of. bed. So mix it up. Write that scene you've been dying to write. Stitch up the story's time stream later. It will give you a more solid point to aim for when you go back to the awkward scene, and just writing what you want to write will help to get your creative juices flowing again. Trust me, it works. Matt Smith and David Tennant aren't the only ones who can hopscotch around from past, to present, to future.
  • xxmysteriousxx123
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    If you could sit down and ask for advice from one famous writer - dead or alive - who would it be and why?
    In the classic writing 'chicken-or-the-egg' type metaphor, which usually comes to you first: plot or character(s)?
    Do you have any interesting or creative ways to deal with critisism/find the courage to get back up, dust yourself off and continue writing?
    If you were a teenager nowadays, do you think you would participate in online writing communities (like Movellas, etc)?
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