Saturday, November 15, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014: Day 15

Go to where your brain is. Stop forcing it to do what you want.

My first day of NaNoWriMo the majority of my word count came from blog posts. I wrote a lot of the NaNoWriMo articles in a day. I know, I know, NaNo is for novel writing, not blog writing. Every year I state that November is a chance to increase my productivity, and blogs are made up of words, and that should totally count.

Blogs are almost mandatory for authors today. Publishers want to see a website with steady traffic, and people want to read more from their favorite authors. It's a funny business. If you have a blog, it's essential to keep it updated, especially if it's the front page to your website. It reassures everyone when they see new posts throughout the month. It goes to show you didn't drop dead, or worse, you fell out of love with writing and no more books are coming.

NaNoWriMo is about teaching yourself to stop thinking about the story, and letting the story flow out uninterrupted. That's incredibly difficult to learn. It's why I say, let your imagination run free and follow it as far as it goes.

On November 1st, my brain was in blogging mode. I don't know why, it just was. I didn't say, "Time to get some blog posts knocked out of the park." they came out on their own. If I had stopped myself and tried working exclusively on my manuscripts, I'd lose that momentum, because that isn't what I was mentally primed to do.

Let your ideas chart your path for the month. You'll be surprised where you end up at. Now back to writing. Scram!