Month one of writing is almost over! How are you feeling? Did you hit your word count goal for this month? Are you falling behind even as you sit here reading this post? If you need more encouragement, join our growing community of writers on Facebook.
If the first, Yay! Go you! Keep up the momentum and don't let life get in the way. Get ahead and create a buffer.
It the second, fear not. This blog post will not be a waste of your time as long as you get writing as soon as it ends instead of jumping to another post or facebook or some other distraction.
When did you get stuck? Was it during the second-week slump? What was your average word count per day? Maybe you need to lower your goal so that it's more manageable. This may sound counter-intuitive but if you hit your goal you'll feel good about writing and want to continue.
If you got stuck on plot maybe try a writing prompt or simply write through it. May I suggest Write or Die for solo writing or myWriteClub's word sprint feature? Feel free to look me up on myWriteClub. Just search for KAJairl under the Add a Friend tab, right above where it lists your goals. These tools work well for my writer's block.
If you want a writing prompt, here's a few that should work for most genres:
1. Have a coin toss be very important.
2. Have a rumor divide your main character from their allies.
3. A character develops a fear of the protagonist because of their addiction. They are afraid of being caught.
Of course, there's always the classic, kill a character to see how the others react. You can bring them back to life if you find you still need them.
If you need someone to bounce ideas off, I'd love to help. Leave me a comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love talking stories with other writers! And keep working on those masterpieces in progress. I can't wait to read them!
K. A. Jairl
My name is Kim and I'm glad you stopped by. This is where I post my triumphs and my downfalls as I fight the good fight of being a writer mom everyday.