I like to move it, movie it...
Well I told myself to slow down. My NaNo novel came to a bit of a halt last week. I just decided to give myself a day off, or maybe three, I'd reward myself with words later. Turns out, I'm a bit stingy with my rewards. This week I will have to work hard to push those numbers up again. I did get a few words in on Sunday, and I didn't let myself waste my time off.
To keep the flow and motivation of writing when I just can't get to the keyboard or pick up the flow of my story, I like to:
- Write something else about my character in my notebook, like a diary entry. This can help me gain some insight to her deeper motivation.
- Watch youtube clips and listen to podcasts on the craft of writing - there's so many good one's out there!
- Watch a flick or shows in my genre - in my case it's mystery, so I sat through a few good episodes of Castle.
- Go to the movies. You watch a creative story unfold and you're in a new environment, away from home.
- Take walks. My imagination goes into overdrive when I walk the dog. It must be because I can't talk to anyone, my mouth shuts up and gives my brain a go.
- Start recording my dreams, even the silly one.
- READ. I read books on writing, and look for the element I'm struggling with, like dialogue or structure. I'll also read something similar to my writing style - I try to read things that are simple and don't take too much thinking.
- Draw. I doodle, 'cause I'm not much of an artist, but drawing loosens my mind and lets me be creative.
- Listen to Audio books. Sometimes I don't write because I'm exhausted or unwell, at these times I find it hard to read as well, so, I pop on a Charlaine Harris audio book and listen to the story unwind.
- I listen to Relaxation and Meditation books on my iPhone right before bed.
Is your story flowing or trickling? Do you keep pounding on, or step away?