It’s November. That means crisp autumn air, thick chunky sweaters, and National Novel Writing Month. (No idea what I’m talking about? Click here. It will change your life.)
November always gives me the warm fuzzies for fiction writing. That’s why I’ve invited Sarah of The Bookish Fox to chat with us about writing this month.
Here are her tips for making writing feel like an adventure.
You know the feeling. You open your Word document to write another post or work on your book, and you just stare at the blinking cursor. Your fingers suddenly feel heavy, and no words are coming to your mind. Anything seems more fun than writing, even cleaning the bathroom (although your husband makes it a disaster area).
Well, I have a cure for you! You probably have been thinking of writing as a chore rather than an adventure. Here are some ideas to make you feel like Indiana Jones when you are writing. Just stay away from rolling boulders, okay?
Write About Your Passions
A huge cause of boredom with your writing is that you don’t care about it. Let’s say you love photography, but you are writing about Twitter. Stop writing about the Tweets and tell people about apertures instead! If you care about your topic, writing will be a lot easier and more fun. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
Change Your Location
I don’t know about you, but if I write in my office too much, I start singing the cabin fever song from Muppet Treasure Island. Go find a library or coffee shop to write in. You can even write in a hotel lobby! If possible, go somewhere new. You will feel like you are on a micro-adventure if you are sipping a new hot chocolate or looking at fancy chandelier.
Research Your Writing
Another great way to get out of the house is to do some research for your writing. Does your main character work in a department store? Go visit one. Better yet, talk to an employee there. He or she might prevent you from making factual errors. Once you have new information, you will be fired up to start writing again.
Treat. Yo. Self.
Buy a fun item that will help you with your writing. Want a pretty new dress? Buy it and wear it as you write your website copy. Eyeing that floral journal at Anthropologie? Buy it, but be sure to write in it every day. Who knows? You might be able to write it off as a business expense!
Write with a Friend
There is something to the saying “misery loves company.” I am kidding. Still, writing is more fun if you are sitting across from another person. You can commiserate about a tough scene or celebrate meeting a word count goal. Just make sure you don’t end up talking the whole time. You know, like the time you did the science project in high school with your best friend.
Announce Your Goals to the World
There is no better motivation than announcing your writing goal to the world. Tell your family or announce it on Twitter. If you feel like you have people depending on you, you will write a lot faster and won’t avoid it. It is even better if you attach a deadline to it. You will feel like James Bond racing against the clock as you push to write your novel in a month.
How do you make writing feel like an adventure?
Let’s chat in comments below.
Sarah Fox is a novel writing coach and editor who helps ambitious authors start and complete their novels. When she is not working on her own novel, she writes for Quirk Books and Imaginary Book Club. You can find her thoughts on writing and pop culture at www.thebookishfox.com.