NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Read Author Pep Talks

By Dianna Dilworth 

While writing a novel might feel lonely, but you are not alone. In fact, thousands of people have been where you are right now.

So if you are having trouble getting motivated, check out NaNoWriMo’s author pep talksGene Luen YangDiana GabaldonStephanie PerkinsCharlaine HarrisSandy Hall and N. K. Jemisin have shared their insights win the series. Here is an excerpt from Yang’s piece:

Your brain doesn’t generate ideas out of thin air. It generates ideas by taking what it’s already experienced and reshaping it in new and interesting ways. If you’re not getting good output, maybe it’s because you haven’t taken in enough input.

When writer’s block hits, do research. Flip through old photographs. Watch a documentary. Read a nonfiction book, preferably one that’s been out of print for years. Visit a place you’ve never been and talk to people you don’t know. Gather input.

This is our 14th NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.