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! Check out the final week's writing prompts posted on our events calendar, including how to write your main character's road back after the climax of the story. 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 popular young adult series starter Cinder.
Our advice on NaNoWriMo self care from Library Assistant Liz continues this week with the last of her Body/Mind/Muse tips:
There are a few wonderful things that you can do while writing which might entice your muse to come and stay. Music or soundtracks or soundscapes can really put you into a place. Scents through candles, essential oils or incense are also a great way to trigger your mind and relax or energize you. Know in this space when to take a break, and recognize what you are feeling when you hit "writer’s block" and you’re stuck. It’s time to take a step back and daydream or refill your well. When you are coming up dry, step away and find something else to refill your font of creativity. Read a book. Watch a movie or show. Jam out to your favorite guitar solos. Do something that inspires you without asking you to create.
And then fine reader, I leave you with my last bit of advice. Always return to the work. Someone out there needs your story. Your words have power. Good luck!