This season, we’ve brought on published authors to serve as NaNo Coaches to help guide you to reaching 50,000 words. Our final NaNo Coach, author Julie Murphy, shares her words of wisdom:
Whether you won NaNoWriMo, made a valiant attempt, or met your own personal goal, you are here! *points to December on calendar*
You made it through November, and even if you didn’t hit 50K, you forced yourself to face my own worst fear: the blinking cursor on a blank document. But… now what?
Writing a novel in a month is exhilarating: It’s the cliff diving of noveling. But it’s also exhausting. So, give yourself a breather. It’s easy to lose steam during that last week of NaNoWriMo, and the best fix is to restock your supply of inspiration. So, all the movies, books, television, plays, art exhibits, and social functions you shunned during the month of November? Time to play catch up! Rejoin civilization and absorb as much as you can. The currency of writing is life experiences, so power down the computer and stock up.
But don’t forget. There’s still work to be done.
I had so much fun serving as NaNo Coach! Check out my guest blog on the NaNo tumblr!
"One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do not respect the law of dormancy in nature. Trees don’t produce fruit all year long, constantly. They have a point where they go dormant. And when you are in a dormant period creatively, if you can arrange your life to do the technical tasks that don’t take creativity, you are essentially preparing for the spring when it will all blossom again."
Marshall Vandruff, one of the best teachers I have ever had, on artist’s block. Said during a webinar done on Visualarium to advertise his upcoming online course on animal anatomy (source links to webinar) (via pale-afternoon)
THIS QUOTE HELPS SO MUCH OMG
Needed this! Today and every day.
LIFE. CHANGING. MOMENT.
(Source: visualarium.com, via authorsarahdessen)