TO KEEP YOUR WORD COUNT MOVING
1. Writer’s Block or Story Stalling
An empty page is not inspirational, many times we stare at one until we go blind, hoping for lightening to strike, to get the juices flowing again. This usually occurs when you are not as familiar as you need to be with your characters. You need to go back to the beginning, when you first introduced them and find out more of what makes them tick. They have a story to tell and you need to do it.
2. Stop Writing When You Still Have Something to Write.
When you know what is going to happen next it is easier to get started when you get back to it. The momentum isn’t lost, you just continue the flow you had at a later time. You won’t be facing a blank page because you know where the story is going. So stop in the middle of a great scene or some intense dialogue, you’ll find your fingers will move you along quickly when you return.
3. Don’t be Afraid of Deadlines
Deadlines can be your friend, they push you to write, even if you don’t have a contract. Make a contract with yourself. Some great novels have taken years to write, then their sequels come out quickly after, that is the value of a deadline. They push, gently, but you are aware. Be fearless.
4. Keep a Word Count Tally
Writing can be daunting at times (most times), but a word count tally at the end of every session will show your progress. On a day when you feel you’ve accomplished nothing, a word count tally will prove you’ve accomplished something, sometimes more than you think. It is encouraging when you are feeling less so.
5. Take a Break
If the words aren’t flowing, go for a break. Step away from the computer, doing a mindless chore like washing the dishes, taking the dog for a walk ( that’s good for you too ). When your brain is focused on other tasks you might just find a solution to your problem. It works for me, many a good idea has come while taking a shower.
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