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 ordeal and reward. 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 and our NaNoWriMo Success list: a selection of books that began as NaNoWriMo projects, including the bestseller Water for Elephants.
Our advice on NaNoWriMo self care from Library Assistant Liz continues this week with the second of her Body/Mind/Muse tips:
The first part of our mind self-care goes along with the schedule keeping from Body. Let people help you. Ask your partner to pick up some of the tasks you normally do. Let your mom bring you healthy snacks every hour -- you are not a machine and you cannot live off of caffeine alone for a month. Next, celebrate every last one of your milestones. It doesn’t matter how small or silly they seem. Jack met Sally? Amazing! You finished this chapter? Great! You found your way through the tangled web of middle story jungle to your next major plot point? Fantastic! Have a dance party, a Hersey Kiss or whatever small victory ritual you feel fits. It’s all part of positive self-talk and self-empowerment. You CAN do this. While you are celebrating it will be harder to fall prey to the comparison game. Someone else’s 25k week does not take away from your 10k. "A rising tide lifts all boats" -John F Kennedy. They are joyful that they have something freshly created that they never had before. You do too. THAT is the point of NaNoWriMo.