NaNoWriMo

July 8: Doubting Yourself: July Camp NaNoWriMo 2016

Hello, reader!  Welcome (back) to Writer Central!

So it’s Day 8 of July’s Camp NaNoWriMo, and things are starting to get overwhelming.  You’re realizing that you have small plot holes, or things that don’t quite fit, in places that have always been a little iffy to you.  At the same time, you’re trying to keep up with your word count goal.  And you’re really starting to question your ability as a writer.  But all you really want to do is watch TV, eat unhealthily, and fall into hibernation for a decade.

But you need to keep on track!  No matter how terrible you think your writing is, just keep going.  A rough draft is never perfect: that is why it’s rough.  You can always go back and fix things later.

I do know, however, that it is very hard to stay on track.  So here are some tips to help you to stop doubting yourself.

  1. Go back over your work.  If you’re so sure that your writing is so awful, then read over the first chapter you wrote and maybe edit it a little; fix it until you are good and satisfied.  This may help you realize that you are not as bad as you keep telling yourself.
  2. Talk to friends and family.  Our loved ones have a huge impact on the way we prosper.  Sometimes it’s for the bad, but in most cases, family can be very helpful.  Talk to them awhile and maybe they will help bring your mood up.
  3. Plan out your plot a little more.  Sometimes, if you’re unsure what you’re doing, or things seem out of place, it can help to brainstorm ideas and fit them together.  Plot holes can be fixed this way, as well. If you have several small plot holes, then it’s ok to change things around a bit so they make more sense.
  4. Participate in word sprints.  A word sprint is when you set an amount of time, write till you reach it, and see how many words you’ve written.  Sometimes it’s fun to do that with your friends, through social media (Twitter has a good one), or even on the NaNoWriMo site itself.
  5. Just keep writing.  Again, this is your rough draft, and there is no way it’s going to be perfect.  All you can hope for is a feasible manuscript to work with later on, and later on is when you can fix all those minor mistakes, and dialogue errors.

That’s all for today!  Thank you so much for reading my blog: it means a lot to me, and hopefully it helped you too.

If you’re new to Writer Central, I will be posting twice a week for the rest of Camp NaNoWriMo, and other than that I post every Thursday or Friday, so feel free to like and follow if you’d appreciate more writerly tips, and perhaps some other things once in awhile.

My current word count for Camp NaNoWriMo is 20k.  How are you all doing?  Please let me know below!

If you have a question or idea, feel free to comment below, email me, or contact me through social media.  I will get back to you!

See you next time!

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