Like many others I took part in the Nanowrimo challenge last November. It was my first one, but I completed it on time at 52,000 words and boy was it an exhilarating feeling. I did hope that the 1000 word a day writing challenge would stick with me, but of course life got in the way.
I’ve had a go at Twitter writing challenges under the #1k1hr tag and find those great for belting out 1000 words. Indeed at the last one I managed 1.5k in the hour.
I am now taking part in Sally Quillford’s 80k 80 days challenge #mywyn and I am enjoying this too, apart from last Thursday, when writing my words was like wading through treacle. I thought I would share some of the things that got me going again.
1. Support from Facebook and Twitter friends and comments on my blog.
2. Writing friends’ enthusiasm for my Tanner and Rosie story – they actually want to know what happens next.
3. Writing around the subject – I wrote biographies for Tanner and Rosie.
4. Asking myself searching questions about how I wanted my characters to change on their journey through the book.
5. Thinking myself inside the skin of my characters and writing about how they were feeling at that point in the story.
6. Interviewing my characters – I pretended I was a journalist and wrote out the interviews.
My manuscript now feels back on track and stands at 31,404 words on day 28 of the 80 days. I will do it – I am determined.
Have you any other ideas to share in case I get stuck again? What works for you?