Writing, for me, comes and goes in waves, but recently I have been getting back into my personal writing. I say ‘personal’ because I have to do a bit of creative writing for school and I feel like it doesn’t really count. I have already worked on two different stories this year – unfinished, obviously – and I have liked setting aside about an hour each night to spend writing. Granted, I do not do this every night, but it has been therapeutic and good to put my writing into practice.
My Writing Methods
I am really bad at writing consistently. For some reason, I am most interested in my story when I first start writing. This means I will write for hours at a time for several days in a row. Then I’ll reach an obstacle that I may not know how to fix, and my writing will slow down. Eventually, I may get into a routine (thirty minutes per day when I can) or I’ll give up altogether. This is why I’ll never win NaNoWriMo.
So how can I overcome this problem?
Setting aside an hour per day does not work for me. When it comes to the time where I have to start writing, I will look at what I’ve previously written and not want to continue it. This is usually because there is another scene – like in the next chapter – that I’ll want to write instead, but I feel as though I have to keep going with the unfinished scene.
Writing sprints are pretty useful…if I actually remember to do them. Hey! Here’s an idea: I’ll do one right now. For thirty minutes, I will write nonstop (and use the timer function on my new Amazon Echo, which will be fun).
*30 minutes later*
Yes, it did help! I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I wrote 321 words. It definitely helped get my scene moving. Conclusion: I’ll do a writing sprint to get me into the writing session (or maybe I’ll do one every day?).
Camp NaNoWriMo is currently underway. I’m quite busy with my schoolwork in April but still I thought I would give it a go. You sign up here and get put into a cabin with like-minded writers (or they can be random if you’d prefer). I have set a goal of 15,000 words. Honestly, to have external things like this to work towards that is more of a personal goal than an actual deadline makes me treat it like it doesn’t really matter. If it were an assignment, I would 100% get it done. So don’t hold your breath – I treat it more like it’s a fun task than anything else.
What I am writing at the moment is a novel-length piece that currently has just over 3,000 words written. I started it about three weeks ago and have had the idea in my mind for maybe two months. It is really light (contemporary romance) and is not even set in my own country (why, Charlotte). Usually the first thing I do before I start writing is I make a plan, including descriptions under every chapter. I have not done that this time because I find that it doesn’t really work for me. Sometimes, when I am working in this kind of structure, I realise that a chapter I have described doesn’t have enough action to justify an entire chapter, so that is when I will give up and get annoyed. This time I am trying to just write freely without a plan.
My story is primarily going to written for fun, so I’m not taking it seriously and I’m not going to care all that much if things don’t make sense. Do you ever find that happens to you when you’re writing? Like something won’t make sense and it ruins the whole story. Or you don’t know enough about a topic and you don’t know if it would actually happen. For example, you’re writing about a character who is a scientist and you don’t know anything about science. This happens to me all the time.
Check out the aesthetics for my story below.
Are you currently doing Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, tell me about how you’re going!