Word Count: I’m scared to check.
I’m tired. I think I’ve said that at least ten, twenty, maybe a thousand times today. Thurdays just aren’t my thing.
So this will be a short post, since I have a very simple tip. Okay, I know we are all stressing about our word counts, or how great our stories will be, and if anyone else will like it. Don’t deny it. I’m freaking out too, it’s okay.
I find that it helps to step back from your novel. I haven’t written on it in two days. And yes, it is killing me, but I’m trying to figure out what to bring on next. I have all of the major puzzle pieces written, and I just have to figure out how to put them together.
The best advice anyone can ever give a writer is to read. It’s inspiring. My challenge for you is to read something, anything, other than your book. Get perspective. It will help you to realize what you might be doing wrong, or what it is that is blocking you. I know in the past I have advocated the “Pushing-through-the-block” thing, but I’m trying new things.
It’s all sort of trial and error kind of thing.
For me, I’m determined to finish reading this book by tomorrow because it makes me want to write so badly. Ever Read Elanor and Park? I’m reading Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL. And OMG.
This book has given me a whole new perspective on writing. If you are a writer, you will seriously relate to this book so much. Ooh… Maybe I should write a book review. I’ve only done a few of those before.
Anyway, read! Pick out two or three things in the book or story you are reading that you like. Not something like, “It has a vampire love triangle”. Find something that intrigues you, not a major plot point. Something like, “This book’s dialogue is always unexpected,” or “This book’s characters are extremely developed.”
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