- Last Year's NaNoWriMo Pep Talk
I wasn't asked to write a pep talk for National Novel Writing Month. But writing something no one asked you to write is really the point of NaNoWriMo, isn't it? So in the spirit of the month, I did it anyway.
- Where do you get your ideas?
Where do Ideas come from? It's the question every writer dreads and emphatically answers with "I don't know". Honestly, I suspect that for most writers that's a bit of a fib -- we may not know where ideas come from in the cosmic sense any more than we can tell you the meaning of life, but we generally know where a specific idea came from, or at least what prompted it.
- What if I get stuck?
Especially during the month of November (cough-NaNoWriMo-cough), I get people asking me how to deal with writer's block. I admit that used to be a real problem for me until I developed methods of dealing with it when it happens, writing around it and generally stripping it of its power to hurt my productivity. In April, 2009, I compiled my 7 favorite tips for breaking out of a literary cul de sac.
- What if I'm still stuck?
Personally, I think that a big part of writer's block is the fear of it happening much more than the actuality of the thing. It's the bugbear under the bed, the monster in the anxiety closet of too many writer's offices. So what do you do to disarm a bogey man? We mock them, of course. So, in the interest of a bit of fun and making fun of the bugbears, I've generated a list of some of my favorite and most oddball advice on writer's block. If my advice doesn't help you, maybe someone else's will...
- Why should I listen to you?Listen to me only if what I say helps you. There's no such thing as "One Size Fits All" in either hats or advice. Only take what helps you; discard what that doesn't.
From all of us on the sidelines this year, cheering you on: Best of luck to you all! And we'll try to keep the vuvuzela blowing to a minimum.