Are you one of the many writers or aspiring writers who's participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? This year we can't have in-person programs or write-ins, but we do have a virtual program to support you! Check out our weekly prompts to get the ideas flowing! Every week new writing prompts will be posted on our events calendar, and this week's prompts include developing your main character's mentor. Visit our calendar for more prompts, and register for prompts to earn fun incentives!
Do you get inspiration from reading about writing? Check out our book lists for writing advice, featuring classics like Ursula K. Le Guin's Steering the Craft, and our NaNoWriMo Success list: a selection of books that began as NaNoWriMo projects!
Our advice on NaNoWriMo self care from Library Assistant Liz continues this week with the first of her Body/Mind/Muse tips:
First and foremost plan ahead. This is not my way of preaching for the planners and plotters out there. I myself am a planster (Plotter and Panster), heavily leaning toward the writing by the seat of my pants kind of gal. No, I mean schedule when you can write. When you need to do chores, work, sleep, and eat. Then stick to it. It is okay to say no but remember to always come out of your writing den. Your family and friends want to see you as much as they want to see you succeed. This will also help you get up and move. Hit a spot where you just can’t move forward? Take a walk. Physically moving forward, not staring at that flashing curser or blank lines on a page, may jog something loose. Thinking about your story away from your story is still writing.