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There are people who claim that creative block is nothing more than an illusion devised by the mind. Pushing through and trying anyway yields a surprising and productive result. This is true. We can create even when the whim doesn’t strike us. We can do good work even when we’d rather not do any at all. This is an incredibly human trait. It’s how we survive Mondays.
That being said, I do believe in creative block. True creative block isn’t about lack of motivation or unwillingness to put forth effort. There’s no muscling through or working around it. If you’re among those of us who occasionally suffer from this inexplicable inability to create, I’m here to share some of my personal insights.
“Ms. Johnson says there’s no such thing as writer’s block. She said it’s just your mind saying to your body, I ain’t trying to write that jive.”
Do any of these scenarios look familiar to you?
Maybe your situation resembles one, none, or all three of these. Regardless, we’re sitting at the halfway point of Camp NaNoWriMo with almost zero progress. Yep. Me, too.
Do you still want to make the best of Camp NaNoWriMo? Read on for a few tips and tricks to making the most of this month’s writing time.
Imagination is what you do with your inspiration.
Distractions have to wait until Camp NaNoWriMo is over, which includes little things like binging season 2 of Miraculous Ladybug on Netflix, taking pictures of new-thrifted books for Instagram, and editing those pesky sentences that are clearly riddled with mistakes and somehow written completely backward. Keep moving forward!
Question of the Day: What’s your biggest distraction during NaNoWriMo?
We’re a week into Camp NaNoWriMo, and if you’re like me, you’re already tired. The month-long deadline and a crazy-high goal does enforce the need for daily commitment to our project, but it also has a tendency to wear us out fast. Here are some handy tips for staying motivated during the next three weeks.
I am doing one of three things: I’m writing. I’m staring out the window. Or I’m writhing on the floor.
Writer’s block results from too much head. Cut off your head.