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
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 🙂
This is good advice at this point in time. I’m still fighting the urge to mess around with the structure of the novel and questioning if some of the things really need to be in there – most of the time I’m winning, but I definitely feel the temptation once I’ve got a lot of a book written to keep going back over things.
So, halfway through the month, with fifteen days of writing under my belt, I feel OK. But, there’s two weeks left to go and these are usually the tougher ones for me…just typing in itself can get quite grating over the course of the month with NaNo – especially if you use a computer for much of your ‘day job’ outside the hours that NaNo takes over. I’m hoping that my interest in the story will keep me going, and the fact that doing this is getting me closer to completion in a couple of weeks, than I’ve gotten all year.
(By the way – word count this morning was 32,899 and I’m going to get some more done tonight – hopefully!)