I'm a newby to Nanowrimo and it's been a long time since I've written anything outside of a Facebook post. I'm starting to fizzle out, and I was wondering if you had any tips for motivation/inspiration?
Hi! Congratulations on making it this far!
I totally understand about losing motivation. I’ve gone entire months without writing just because I don’t feel motivated or inspired. But NaNoWriMo is a special case, so here’s what I recommend.
Walk away for a second. I know this is recommended a lot, but that’s because it works. Stop staring at a screen, walk a few blocks around outside, get some water, cuddle a pet. Take a moment to breathe and when you come back, try to come back with fresh eyes.
Ask yourself: what are all the things that could go wrong in this situation? Then pick one, and write it out. Some advice says that your plot should be caused directly by your character–them doing things instead of things happening to them, but all conventional advice goes out the window for NaNoWriMo.
On a semi-related note, don’t be afraid to take your time in your writing. Once you pick a plot point to write, you can take it slow! Write out the details, write out your character’s initial reactions, write out the consequences, and stretch all of this out like taffy.
Know that even if you don’t hit the 50K, you are still a great writer. NaNoWriMo is a big commitment, and sometimes it doesn’t always work out. My first NaNo, I only did about 22K. But that was more than I wrote in a year, and so I still counted it as a success. Plus, it was fun!
Try and remember why you love the story you’re telling and the characters you’re writing. You’re doing NaNo because there’s a story inside you, and it might be hard to get it out, but it will happen, and that’s a great thing!
Long story short: don’t forget to take care of yourself, breaks are healthy, and writing is fun! You should be proud of every word you write and every day you keep going. I believe in you!