In case you haven’t noticed, my blog posts this month have been all over the place. What’s that? You didn’t notice? Oh well… they have been.
I’m not someone who is used to writing a blog post every single day and get my word count for NaNoWriMo and do everything else I have to do in a day: homeschool, clean, cook, run errands, do laundry, etc…
And that’s not even considering the other three blogs I have to keep up with, twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, GoodReads, OH MY WORD WHAT WAS I THINKING! AHHHHHH!
WHEW! Sorry! Momentary lapse of sanity.
Anyway since I’m all over the place in my posts so far and – in fact, this one as well – I’m going to touch on one of my favorite subjects.
Going with the flow.
Some time ago, a fellow writer and I collaborated on a blog post about the concept of “Plotter” vs “Pantser” (and right away, let me reiterate that I don’t care for that name. I am not a “pantser” – I am someone who goes with the flow, but I don’t like the term “Pantser” YUCKO!) and we explored the similarities and the differences in the two styles.
I later wrote a blog post about my own style and talked about how I like to just go with the flow. I would like to expound on that a bit here.
When I first started writing years ago, I would write until I got stuck and then I would sit there, staring at the evil blinking cursor until I just couldn’t take it anymore. Then I would quit. And I wouldn’t write anything again until I was inspired to.
Well as most writers know, that’s not such a good idea. So I finally made myself learn to let that go. If I got stuck, I put a note there to remind myself later and moved on. This has worked incredibly well for me. I have finished a full-length epic-fantasy novel, most of book 2 and part of another in that same series, a short story and I’m about halfway through my NaNoNovel.
I say halfway because I don’t think 50,000 words will be enough for the novel I am writing so I’m shooting for somewhere between 60,000 and 70,000. As of writing this post, I have just over 31,000 words.
And how is this technique working for me with NaNoWriMo you may ask.
Well, actually I haven’t gotten stuck anywhere yet. The words have flowed pretty well from chapter 1 to where I am now. But there have been a few areas I felt like needed more. But, instead of sitting there fixating on them, I moved on and I am confident I can go back later.
BUT if I did happen to get stuck, I would DEFINITELY use this technique! And I am more than confident it would be a HUGE HELP!
So my advice to WriMos: USE this technique! It works!
And, KEEP WRITING!
© J.C. Morrows 2013
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