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Joy Writing - What Is Your Nemesis?

What stands between you and your writing? What do you feel like you have to battle more often than not to get yourself back into writing? Procrastination? Loss of inspiration? Self-doubt? Research overload?

Bonus prompt: Write out an attack plan for how you would defeat your writing enemy. Write it out like a scene, as if your advisory were a living thing and how you would go about overcoming them.

Motivation Monday - Trust Fall

“Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.” - Ray Bradbury

Maybe you’ve written yourself in a corner, or maybe you’re stuck behind a block. It’s hard to keep the writing momentum going when you run into such snafus, and it’s extra disheartening when it happens during National Novel Writing Month. It happens to me more than I’d care to admit, especially in November. I think about that quote a lot. When I’m afraid I can’t get the words to come out right or at all even I tell myself to just jump. There’s no way to get around writer’s block except to write. Paradoxical sounding, I know but it’s the absolute truth. You can try any number of writing block tricks out there (and there are certainly plenty of books dedicated to the topic), but the one sure-fire, guaranteed-to-work solution is to write. How can you write when you have writer’s block? Just jump. Trust fall yourself onto your words and keep going. Write nonsense if you have to. Just write. Jump and build your story …

Joy Writing - Superpower Prompt

What are your writing superpowers? What do you think you’re great at as a writer?

I’ve been told I write great dialogue and I feel like that’s true, so that’s my writing superpower.

What’s yours?

Motivation Monday - Keep Writing

“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” - Maya Angelou 

Pulling ideas out of thin air, creating entire worlds simply from wisps of inspiration is hard work. It's a struggle to take what you have in your head and translate it into words, not just words but words that will conjure similar images in whoever reads them. Take comfort that the more you create out of the wild imaginings of your writer's mind, the more that part of you grows. It's like a muscle that needs to be exercised on a regular schedule to do the things we want it to do and to do them well. 
Keep dreaming, keep writing, keep believing in yourself because the more you do the more you'll have. Good luck and keep writing!

How To Curb Hyperfocusing When Doing Research

It’s very easy for us to hyperfocus on something that we find interesting, nothing styles of Bronze Age, or how long could you hold your breathe in outerspace. And since we normally write about things that interest us our research time can easily become an all-consuming thing. How do we acquire the knowledge we need to write effectively while ensuring we still have time to actually do the writing part?

This is a question that plagues most writers, no matter how their brains are wired. It can feel like a bottomless well of information when we go down the research rabbit hole finding unusual facts and interesting trivia that may never find it’s way in your story but is arguably making it all the richer with the wealth of knowledge you’re collecting. There is no set stopping point, for some topics there is no end to the information you can uncover. Rather than trying to find a physical stopping point - after this website or after this one book, for example, use a time limit.

This is bas…

Joy Writing - Why Write?

Sometimes we can lose sight of why we do something when it gets harder and harder to do it, and it helps to remind yourself what all these sacrifices you’re making are all for. Write out, not just think it inside your own head, but physically write out exactly what you write. What calls you back again and again? Even when writing can feel like the last thing you want to be doing there is a little impulse inside you that says “keep writing.” Hang those words somewhere you can see them, especially this November if you’re doing NaNoWriMo.

Bonus prompt: What excites you about the current project you’re working on? What was that spark that drew you in and keeps your thoughts going back to it?

Motivation Monday

“If a story is in you, it has to come out.” - William Faulkner

I'm currently 5,235 words which puts me 4,765 words behind where I should be for National Novel Writing Month mostly due to a pretty nasty cold that turned into an even nastier sinus infection. Now on antibotics I'm starting to feel like I might live to see the end of the month. If you're doing NaNoWriMo too and you've already fallen behind don't loose heart. We're going to get caught up at some point and it's far too early to give up. If you're on target than I'm very proud of you and you should keep writing too. It never hurts to get a few words ahead.  Good luck and keep writing!

Sensory Overload and Writing Performance

Being easily distracted means a tendency towards sensory overload. It should go without saying, but it comes as a surprise to many that being sensitive to external stimuli is a common trait. Certain fabrics, background noise, and other mild discomforts can eclipse everything else in your thoughts and soon becomes something to hyperfocus on. While others can easily tune these annoyances if you find them overwhelming enough that it takes away from getting fully into your writing than it wouldn't hurt to pay attention to what bothers you the most often. Over the years I've come up with a writing kit that contains all the items that I need to be comfortable when writing. This is especially helpful when I'm writing away from home.

Lotion It puts the lotion on its skin. Seriously though dry skin drives me crazy. I have mild eczema so dry skin is more than just irritating it can be downright painful. I've learned to keep a travel size tube of lotion in my bag, so it's one…

Joy Writing - Magna Carta Prompt

Chris Baty, the mastermind behind National Novel Writing Month, offers an exercise in his book No Plot? No Problem! called The Two Magna Cartas.

The first Magna Carta is a list all the things you are drawn to as a reader. What makes a good book? What keeps you coming back for more? For example, my list would include romantic plots, magic, campy humor, and dealing with dysfunctional families. 

The second Magna Carta contains all the things you hate in a book. What makes you put the book down never to return? What turns you off when you read the back cover? What elements ruin an otherwise perfectly good story? Mine are flat characters, predictable plots, women that always need to be saved, gratuitous sexual violence, and toxic alpha males. 


Knowing where you’re going and where you don’t want to can be a big help when you’re in the thick of November, or anytime, and feel lost in your story. Print your list out and put it somewhere you can use as a reference. Let it be a guidepost to c…