Camp Tip #16 – Keep Going

Fun stuff. 

I got to write a chapter that I’ve been excited about for some time now. There are parts of it I love, and part that I may have to tweak in revision, but overall I’m really happy that I got to that chapter. My characters are really starting to form, and it moments like these that make me love writing and make it so much easier to stay on task. Camp is still moving forward, and so am I. There have been some times that I’ve wanted to quit camp this month, but I’ve manage to stay with it, and I’m glad that I did. Each day I get a bit closer to my goal, and it makes me so happy. I’m hoping that all of you are having a good time writing, and for those of you who have struggled as I have this time around. Remember that the best thing you can do, is keep writing, and stay in this. It’s easy to stop. It’s easy to give up. It’s a lot harder to work on this, and get something done everyday. Don’t take the easy way out.

Hard stuff.

The one thing that can really make it a lot harder do well and stay in it during Nano, is when things run of the rails as they sometimes do. I’m currently writing a chapter that is somewhat of a transitional part, and I’m stalled out badly. I don’t know how I’m going to push forward with this chapter, so for tonight, I’m going to sleep on in, and while I’m working tomorrow, I’m going to try and figure out what I can do to spice up this chapter and make it more exciting to write.

Sticking with it. 

That’s one of the tricks I like to utilize when I’m blocked. If you have to go to bed and work, and do chores, use that time to take a trouble part of the book and dissect it. That way when you come back to the story, you’ll have an easier time trying to get into the flow of the story. It can make a huge difference also, just being somewhere else while you’re working on the problem. When you’re sitting at a desk, with the cursor blinking at you, there is a bunch of pressure for you to solve the problem right then and there, and move on. However, when you take the cursor out of the equation you can take your time with the problem, and find a solution more organically, and often times you can find a better solution than just trying to power through the problem. Hang in there. Camp is over in two more weeks, and then you can take a break, but for now,  keep getting words.

 

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