Life is busy! It’s hard to make episodes for the video series as often as I’d like to. The kinda bi-weekly thing works though, so you’ll still get your fill there.
That being said, blogging is REALLY easy. And it’d be nice to see the WB Tumblr more active. Which is why we’d like to start something of a writers’ help center.
If you have any question - any at all - about writing, crafting fiction, making a novel, or something even a bit theoretical (those are the fun questions!), ask it. Spam our ask box, and we’ll respond to the best of our abilities. Who knows, your question might even get featured in a future video.
I know this is a little late, but oh well. Here are the things NaNoWriMo have taught me:
1) Don’t write when tired. Seriously, I have no recollection of some of the things I wrote after midnight, yet they were there the next morning.
2) It’s easy to become dependent on caffeine. Especially caffeine-based drinks, like Monster. It’s easy to fall into the trap where you think you can’t write until you’ve had a drink.
3) Don’t make excuses. Otherwise you’ll just feel guilty for it the next day.
4) Don’t plan so rigorously. I deviated so much from my original idea. A rough outline would’ve sufficed and saved me so much time.
5) When I make plans to set aside some time for writing, I rarely stick to it. Yes, it’s awesome to waste boring moments of classwork drawing up a plan for what you’re going to do when you get home, but it’s a better use of time actually listening to the teacher.
6) The Internet is the biggest distraction I know. That one’s easy to figure out.
7) If you make writing a chore, you’re less likely to do it.
8) Writing needs structure. I found I could only write at certain times of the day
9) It’s not as easy as everyone makes it out to be. I get annoyed when people are just like ‘oh, I think I’ll write a book’. Bitch, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Especially if you’re not a writer anyway.
10) I am a very cynical person. I like to cause my characters pain.
11) There’s no such thing as writer’s block. Seriously. There isn’t.
12) Stop whinging and just do it. It really does get results
13) The benefits outweigh the cost. 50K, check
That’s all. I’ll probably add more though.
WE GET IT! It’s the last week of NaNo. We also know that we’ve been hazy about our next video. School and NaNo are never a good combination.
This is crunch time for writers participating in NaNo. You have to churn out some real material, real fast, and it’s not always going to be easy. Sometimes, when you feel that last bit of inspiration has dripped away, and you have nothing left to keep you writing, you just need to stop, take a breath, and take your mind off your story.
Here is us helping you do just that. Enjoy.
In this week’s Writers’ Bloc, we talk about some cool digital applications that can help with you as a novelist!