Happy November, dear readers!
I’ve been slowly pecking away at my NaNo novel this month, wishing I had as much free time as I did during last year’s NaNo. But back then, I was still working for myself and had the privilege of taking a sort of retreat at my grandmother’s house in the Northern California mountains.
This year, I’m teaching full-time, as well as running a business and involving myself with other part-time endeavors. Working anywhere from 50 to 90 hours a week does not help with the NaNo mojo. However, stealing away a few minutes of writing here and there has been keeping me slightly sane.
Speaking of stealing minutes, that actually leads me to one of my writing tips: find/make/steal time. Even if you have a few 5-10 minute breaks here and there during the day, you can use that time to write.
Another tip I’ll include is: read voraciously. I’m nearly to 200 books read this year (woot woot!), and that has been a game changer for my writing. There are so many words, scenes, and plots floating around in my head that I’m never at a loss for ideas. Truly, reading often does improve the craft.
Below, I’ve posted an infographic from Grammarly, which has 5 tips for writers. #1 is still something I struggle with, but I think I’ve mastered (or almost mastered) the others. Check it out and let me know what you think by leaving a comment at the end of this post.
(Thanks to Grammarly for such a great infographic!)