My first year for National Novel Writing Month starts in two days. I have my checklist all prepared and I am ready the 30 day novel writing frenzy.
- Signed Up
- Writing Buddies
- Back up supply of coffee
Barriers to writing exist in less suspected areas as well. A full schedule can conflict with writing projects. In order to write, I have to make writing a priority and that is no easy feat for anyone supporting a family or getting established. After I assessed my regular schedule, I decided to sacrifice time in two areas: social media and movies. I can only hope that my friends and loved ones will forgive my hiatus from Facebook and IM. Writing unpaid should replace other recreational activities if it is a priority.
Exercise and face to face socializing shouldn’t compete with time spent on writing projects. Breathing, eating, and sleeping are also important activities that add to a person’s ability to produce spectacular written work. Should a writer stretch before they start pounding away at the keys? Yes.
Other good advice I’ve gleaned from the veterans:
Have snacks ready and near your writing space.
Keep your plot loose and don’t plan anything that requires research.
Best of Luck to everyone getting started!