I hope this pep talk will inspire you and keep you going during this time.
I want to say how proud I am of all of you and most of all, impressed. I have never participated in NaNoWriMo, but I will be participating next year! Life is a busy thing and I am so impressed that you have decided to dedicate this month to writing. Congratulations.
As a writer, I find it hard to settle down into the writing mode during the day, so I choose to write at night. In a way, my senses come alive and the recollections of the day brings me ideas. This works for me but most importantly, what works for you? As a start, find the time of day that works best for you.
It’s always scary when you sit down and write a novel but don’t be afraid because if this story is something you’re passionate about then you will prevail. There comes a time when I don’t want to write, so I read. Sometimes it is best to just relax and not think about writing for a moment. After I do this, I sit down and I’m ready to write. My inspiration comes from those moments of peace and quiet. When I take long drives, or sit in silence, or even stare outside, my mind is calm, until an idea springs up. Then my mind is racing and I nearly jump into my seat to write it down.
Sometimes (and somehow) the hardest thing to do is begin to write; to find the desire or courage to start writing. For this, I feel like I have found my antidote. I tell myself why I began to write this book. I sit down in front of my computer and open the tab of my book. From there, I read the chapter I am on. Somehow, this gets my heart into the book and it goes from there. It is best if I write every day to keep the passion alive. My advice is to write every day, so the passion is kindled.
In my experience, if you’re passionate about what you’re writing, then you can make it to the end. My best advice is that if you feel like your work is falling a little flat, then step back from it for an hour or even the rest of the day. Relax. Do something you love or spend time with positive people and come back refreshed to write.
When you make it to the end, the feeling is nothing short of euphoria. The feeling of accomplishment will last a lifetime. So sit back and write this novel because you CAN do it.
I wish you the best of luck and remember to feel proud of what you accomplish.
Professional life-contemplator, book enthusiast and coffee drinker. Taylor Hondos lives in North Carolina with her family and dog, Blackie. When she am not writing, you can find her reading in the corner, searching endlessly for new books to read or binge watching Sex and the City. “Antidote” is her first novel.
Learn more at – http://www.taylorhondos.com/
Life sucks, and then you rot. No one knows how Dermadecatis is contracted, but its existence has changed everything for 18-year-old Lena, in this riveting debut from Taylor Hondos.
No contact with other people.
Masks must be worn in public at all times.
Four months ago men, women and children alike began to rot from the inside out, and the world as we know it changed forever. Life goes on, but now everything revolves around the need to survive and find a cure for Dermadecatis, the disease that Lena Alona’s father discovered.
Unfortunately for Lena and everyone else who is desperate to survive, her father’s secrets died when he did.