NaNoWriMo word count is today: 38 004 words.
So, it’s the last week of NaNoWriMo and, as you can see, I’m behind in my word count.
I have been busy working at a French Festival over the week-end, partying with my neighbors for the annual Christmas party of the street and cleaning up and preparing the house for the arrival of my parents this Friday. I can’t wait to see them!
They are arriving to Sydney and hubby and I will go and meet them there for a stay of four days before we all head back to Melbourne on the Monday.
So, I have to go back to writing my story but, before I do so, here are my five tips to overcome the writer’s block and find back inspiration.
I discovered the benefits of gardening not long ago. There is something about gardening that is quite therapeutic and relaxing. While I cut my flowers and water my garden, I often find inspiration.
This is something I actually hate doing but often new ideas come to me while I’m vacuuming (here’s an example of a poem I wrote while I was cleaning the house). It’s as if by doing something so simple and boring, I totally disconnect and new ideas are able to make an entrance into my mind.
Getting out and about
By meeting new people and doing new things I find new ideas that otherwise would never have crossed my mind. This is also one of the tips Kate Forsyth gave in a talk at the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Even though I think I’m afflicted of the blank page syndrome, I force myself to sit down at my computer desk and write anything. Most of the time, I find something that trigger my imagination.
Forget all about your writing
If all of the above don’t succeed, I just go away from my computer and do something totally different. I like going back to my other hobby: knitting. I stop thinking about writing. Words and ideas always end up coming back to me.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Do you have any suggestions for me of things to do in Sydney?