Welcome to the first blog for November! As most of you probably know, November is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. This is the time, writers do their best to crank out a novel, within thirty days. Can it be done? Sure. Sometimes, the hardest part is simply getting the writing done. Writer’s Block can sneak in and steal your creativity. It happens to every writer. This week, I’m sharing some of the things I do when I need a boost of creativity.
Words from a bucket
Grab a sheet of paper, a pen or pencil, and a bucket (or a hat, or some kind of container). Make a list of at least thirty words: names of people, objects, names of places, colors, etc. Leave some space between each word, because when you’re finished making your list, your’re going to cut each word apart. Fold up the words, and drop them into your bucket, hat, or what have you. Shake it up. Now, without looking, draw three words from your bucket. Your assignment: write a short story, using the three words you have chosen. You can also clip words and lines out of magazines and newspapers to do this.
Sometimes I have a little trouble describing things, such as everyday objects. So, here’s a tip: look around your room (whatever room you’re writing in), pick a random object, and list as many things about it as you possibly can. If you came up with five things, pick another object, and try to come up with eight things.
This activity will require at least one other person. Grab a magazine (a decorating or gardening magazine works best for this). Choose a page that has a picture of a house, or the interior of a house, or a garden. Write a description of it. Then, have someone else read your description, and look through the magazine and try to find the picture you described, based on your description. Obviously, don’t include things like “page 241” in your description.
Believe it or not, this can make a HUGE difference. Sitting quietly and listening to the sounds of the room can be very relaxing. Silence allows your mind to wander, and you’ll be surprised at the ideas you’ll come up with, when you’re focusing on nothing. Or, listen to some relaxing music. You can search for “meditation music”on YouTube, and come up with a ton of free results.
These tips help me, and hopefully, they’ll help you too.
On a side note, today is Guy Fawkes Day:
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Until next Monday.