Go with the flow…

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.

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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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