NaNoWriMo Inspiration (Day 23): Writing Wisdom from around the Web

This could not be more true. In which case I give you full permission to minimise this window, switch off the internet and write, write, write.

Of course, that's a lonely way to do it and if you need a bit more help. Read on.

Starting with the most high-brow article I could find. Do you like to write naked? You're not alone.

I'm sorry I didn't share this sooner. There is so much good kick-your-butt-get-writing stuff in that one article I wonder if I didn't share it sooner because that would have stopped you coming back here every day.

Why writing is a powerful probiotic (and how we have a brain in our stomach!?!?! WHAT!?).

Check out these colour photos of some famous writers you're used to seeing in black and white (no female authors sadly though).

I opened my series of NaNoWriMo Inspiration posts with a couple of quotes from Joanna Penn who is something of an inspiration to me, not least because of the way she approaches writing as a business, something I'm actively working towards. Intrigued by her own experience I found this post of hers from 2009, her first time doing NaNoWriMo and she shares what she learned and enjoyed... and how she felt like a winner even though she "lost". I should now tell you that Joanna has gone on to sell over 100,000 books and is one of Amazon's top ranking authors in her genre.

If you think NaNoWriMo has been bad for your grammar, brush up with this A to X guide to English.

One of this week's NaNoWriMo survivor and interviewee Flora shared this post about broken sleep and why it could be doing you a favour in the creativity stakes. I'm half-praying for insomnia now as this quote describes precisely the kind of writing time I need more of as the month draws to a close:

"If I write in these small hours, black thoughts become clear and colourful. They form themselves into words and sentences, hook one to the next – like elephants walking trunk to tail. My brain works differently at this time of night; I can only write, I cannot edit. I can only add, I cannot take away. I need my day-brain for finesse. I will work for several hours and then go back to bed."

Have you learnt any new words while taking part in NaNoWriMo? If so, did you find it an orgasmic experience, because apparently it should have been.

And have you started to dream up the kind of book cover you want for your nearly first-drafted novel? Don't worry if it's bad. Some book covers are so bad they're good.

Finding the NaNoWriMo fast pace of writing unnatural and difficult? You're not alone. Some people are just slow writers, like Michael Crichton and Junot Diaz (and a worthy dig at George R. R. Martin in title too).

That's it for now... ONE MORE WEEK - YOU GOT THIS!

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Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before starting a family with her Australian partner. Frankie is the author of three short story collections, and is a freelance writer for travel and creative brands. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her two young sons around Amsterdam.
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