1. Shower Inspiration: Something to Try During NaNoWriMo
Perhaps you have gotten stuck in a place in your novel. You have no idea what to do. Where to go. How to move on.
So, dude (at first I said dud–which is how I sometimes feel when I am writing!), take a shower.
On Tuesday I was in the shower when I was hit with the beginning of the new novel Ann Dee and I are going to write together. The whole opening (very short) and the next scene. Right as I was showering. I wrote a few notes on the steamy glass then screamed for someone to please come here quick, please, hurry, with paper, please I am begging you, hello? where are you? anyone? ANYone? I need help and after about 25 minutes of crying in the wilderness someone ran in (blindfolded) and jotted down the words for me (un-blindfolded).
This reminded me of an article I read of people who MUST write. All the time, Even in the Shower. And how there was a woman who had to write, no matter what, and had a special shower pen. The article ended with ‘just because she had to write didn’t mean what she wrote was that great.’
(not us, huh)
What do I need?
That shower pen.
Why am I telling you this?
At that tough place in your writing, try and relax. Let your mind do the work. Try taking a shower. Be prepared for inspiration, because it will come.
NOTE: I have been thinking about this book Ann Dee and I are going to write for some time. I’ve been letting my brain prepare me for this story.
ANOTHER NOTE: This almost always happens when I shower, or right before bed, or when I allow myself to just think without worrying. As my mom would say, “When I unlax.”
2. Question for Today: Your character has just discovered something very important. What is it? What does it mean to the story? Write to that a little in your word count.
3. At some point today I am going to include the covers to both my books coming out next year. And maybe re-include Ann Dee’s cover, too.
What would YOUR cover look like? Jot down three sentences that describe the way you think YOUR cover–to this NaNo book you are writing–would look.