I don’t know about the other writers out there, but I do find music helps me when I’m writing.
If I’m trundling along in the car, thinking about whatever I’m working on, certain songs will jump out at me (metaphorically speaking, obviously, otherwise it would be dangerous). Usually, I find myself day-dreaming, mini-montage style about a particular scene or piece of dialogue. Perhaps, because I was a teen of the nineties 80s power music has a tendency to get me thinking of action scenes or inspiring ‘progress’ moments for the characters…I tell you – film makers of the eighties have a lot to answer for in the strange world that is my brain.
When it comes to actually typing the stuff out, I struggle to have songs on, even in the background – they’re better for prompting ideas and scenes really. For actually writing, fingers to keyboard stuff, I have a couple of favourite soundtracks – both from films – whose scores cover a range of themes from battles to romance. If you’re looking for some inspiration yourself, why not check them out on You Tube clips here.
The Last of the Mohicans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42MAk4_DBFc
My other ‘go to’ is composer Craig Armstrong – he’s done a lot of film soundtracks and early on worked on several British movies (Love Actually, Plunket and MacLean). His piano compositions are beautiful and if you’re looking for background music to match your scene, or just in general, this could be right for you.
Anyway – after sharing some of my inspirations, it’s back to work – because NaNo waits for no one and I’ve only got a bit more to go now 🙂
*flicks to iTunes and presses PLAY*
A fellow NaNo author’s experience and getting out of a writing slump, if you fall into one this year.
He’s definitely not alone in the NaNo slump – I got myself ahead of word count in the first couple of weeks and had – dare I say it – three days off last week!
This author seems to write in a similar way to me – I like to write all the big, exciting, important bits (which flow nice and naturally) and then go back through to join them together. My main struggle this year has been when I got bogged down in the bridging stuff to get my main character from one part to another, when I just wanted to write the exciting action stuff. I also find, that if I’m getting stuck, I start to mini-edit which then affects the flow as well…
In the end, after my break early last week I’ve skipped writing in order, in favour of doing the big stuff again. I had quite a few one-shots drafted in my note books as well, which I’ve typed up and used as prompts to get me going into a scene – always helpful to have old notes, for when your writing mojo abandons you 🙂
Anyway – check out the post to see how NaNo is for someone else
If you’re at all interested, now that I’ve updated my word count on the NaNo site, I’ve got some lovely stats to show me how November has gone…
Your Average Per Day – 1,921
Words Written Today – 287
Target Average Words Per Day – 1,667
Total Words Written – 46,109
At This Rate You Will Finish On – November 27, 2014
Words Per Day To Finish On Time – 556
You know what I’ve just realised – 23 days into this year’s challenge? That I’ve forgotten to log into my NaNoWriMo account and record my word totals since week 1. Doh!
I’ve been that busy posting my daily tweets and pictures with a word count update, that I completely blanked on logging in and actually recording it with the NaNo site. Well, at least I have my tweets to back-track against – according to NaNo I’m only on 1,800 words!
How’s this for an uplifting, end-of-week-3 image?
It is about that time in the challenge that it’s worth looking back a little – not editing obviously – but to look at what’s happened between word 1 and word…. 36,482 …today!
With a little over a week to go now, I’m getting there with the words – just 13.5k left, so less than 2,000 a day now, to get me to the end
I know I only posted yesterday, but I saw this and thought it was good and might help anyone else out there who is halfway through their own writing challenge 🙂