After a break last year (in which November felt most peculiar), I’ve signed up for National Novel Writing Month once again.
I’ve got loads to do this month but splurging fictional slush is actually quite relaxing – I’m hoping it will provide some downtime for the brain. I think because I see it as different from ‘work’ I get more done – which is not to say it isn’t very hard, sometimes, to focus.
This will be more fourth year after three successes (and last year’s non-participation owing to moving house).
My top tip – just keep writing. If you’re not sure what’s going to happen next – or, as I often find, how to get to what you want to happen next – just add in a conversation between two characters and see what they want to talk about. If it’s drivel, just keep writing. If it’s a stepping stone to keep you going, drivel away.
If one of your characters to jump about wildly for a few sentences because you made him or her stub his or her toe for the sake of the word count…so be it!