Nanowrimo Special TMT Part 3 – Help! I’m Stuck!

This is part 3 of a TMT mini-series all about Nanowrimo – or National Novel Writing Month which takes place every November. Today we’re looking at what to do when you get stuck.

If you’ve been following along and taking part in Nanowrimo, you’ll no doubt be up to your eyes in words, scenes, ideas and characters by now and if you haven’t experienced it already, I’m pretty sure that at some stage you will get stuck. Unsure of how to get from one scene or chapter to the next? No idea how to get your protagonist out of the fix you’ve put them in? I’ve been there.

You’re staring at the page, eyes flicking between the last sentence you wrote and the clock on the wall. You’re running out of time!!

This one is easy and the solution is liberating. Move on. Simple as that.

Stuck on a chapter, bogged down in a scene? Skip to the next bit you want to work on. This is ugly, low down and dirty first draft stuff. It can have more holes than a teabag. Doesn’t matter. Move on and fix it later. Don’t give yourself an excuse to stop – KEEP GOING!

What are your tips for when you get stuck with your writing? Let us know in the comments below.

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About Wayne

Editor and Soundman for MGL Media (@mglmedia) and currently completing debut novel 'Safe Hands'. Love writing, running, and hosting The Joined Up Writing Podcast. Follow @MrKelly2u and say hello.
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