November 26

What if you face Writer’s Block During NaNoWriMo

Nanowrimo has begun and here we are writing away in a frenzy, hopefully. NaNoWriMo could be a bad time to face writer’s block.

Writers face two difficulties during Nanowrimo:

  1. The first one is that they don’t know what to write next and
  2. the second one is they have written all that they could and they feel the story has already written itself out and there is nothing more to convey.

What do we do in such a situation?

Writer’s Block During Nanowrimo

When you don’t know what to write next or when you are feeling blocked and the words would just not flow. There are a few things that you can do so that you can make up with your word count goal for Nanowrimo and at the same time understand your story better.

  1. Write Letters

The first thing that you can do to break out of writer’s block is to write letters:

  • you can write a letter to the characters in your story or
  • you can have the character in your story write a letter to you or
  • you can have the characters in the story write a letter to each other.

This way you can understand the character much better and this can help your story to flow better.

  1. Write Diary Entries or Journal Entries

The second thing you can do is to write diary entries or journal entries. Of course, your story may not be in the form of journal entries. Maybe, it’s more of narration and dialogues but still, you can get a character to reveal their thoughts in their journal. This way, you are privy to their personal and private thoughts. It is the same how we would feel when we write in a journal; your character is going to feel that too. So, when you get your character to write a journal entry, you can understand what they are going through and this will help you discover more about the character. Every little thing that takes you closer to the story will help you out of writer’s block.

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  1. Conduct Interviews

The third idea is to conduct interviews. You can conduct an interview with one of your character or your characters can conduct an interview with each other. In this way, your character reveals certain things about themselves which you hadn’t know before. This can prove very valuable in the story even though all those interviews that you write may not really grow into this manuscript later on.

  1. Write about the Past Story of Your Character

The fourth idea is that you can write about the past story of your character. For instance, my debut novel which is a physiological crime thriller had a policeman as the protagonist. The story begins with him married and with the child. However, I have approximately I think some 10,000 to 15,000  words written which is about his past which appear nowhere in the story but which has helped me understand who he is and what he is much better. Think about what happens to your character after your story is over? Where did you see them going next?

These four tips are good ideas to follow when you face writer’s block and you cannot proceed further. So that NaNoWriMo is not just about writing your manuscript, Nanowrimo is more about discovering your story and for most of us discovering a story happens only when we write. So when you are stuck for words and you are not able to make up your 1667 words for that particular day, why don’t you give this a shot? Have one of your characters write a journal entry or have them interview each other or write a letter to each other or maybe you can try and discover more about the past of your characters. In this way, you can make up your word count for Nanowrimo and at the same time discover much more about the story you are writing.

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Welcome! I write for adults and children. More importantly, I love to write for writers. This is where I share everything I know about this mysterious process of writing.

Archana Sarat

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