What do you do, when you need a bit of fresh inspiration or focus? It’s two weeks into November, which means NaNoWriMo is probably starting to take its toll on people’s enthusiasm, creativity and wordsmithing. I am, unsurprisingly, behind on my word count, but I’m not beating myself up about that because I’m still writing with a lot more discipline than I usually would.
What I find interesting is how the intensive nature of the writing challenge forces me to make decisions differently. Usually I’m careful and reflective in my writing. I consider all the options and work to get exactly the words I want on the page. Now, however, I’m trying to get a draft finished in a few weeks and so if I have a crazy idea I think let’s try that and see how it goes. I can always come back and edit it later. And I’m finding that fun and unpredictable. I’ve already included a few ideas that were either sillier or more personal than usual. It’s refreshing, even if it’s going to need a lot of editing.
I wonder if other people are finding their writing style is affected in similar ways.
I was going to call this post When Writer’s Block Strikes but that doesn’t really sum up what’s motivating me. It’s the threat of writer’s block that keeps me powering through – the thought that maybe I’ll get stuck soon, so I’d better make the most of this time.