As you know from my two previous posts, Preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo: Set up for Success, This month I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo.
Usually on Fridays, I have some tutorial or bit of advice. Today, in honor of April Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m going to give you the best writing tip I have in my arsenal. This may be the most important piece of writing advice you ever read. Are you ready? Here it is:
That’s it. Write as often as you can, every day. Keep a journal, do writing prompts. Seems pretty simple, but it’s something all writers struggle with at one time or another. Improving your craft is important, and many of the articles on this website and others can be helpful – but you can’t improve on something that you’re not doing in the first place. I know that’s not what you want to hear, and I’m sorry. That’s just the way it is. Nothing is easy, especially not being a writer.
I also know you want to write – otherwise you wouldn’t be here, would you? Maybe you’re telling yourself that you need to study up on the craft, and once you’ve absorbed all the knowledge your brain can hold, you’ll write book after book of stunningly amazing prose. Maybe you’ve tried to start, but have been met by the challenge of a blank page and backed down.
Writing is hard. Only people who have never written will tell you otherwise. You’re not alone in feeling that way. More than one famous author has likened writing to bleeding onto the page, opening a vein, bashing your head against the keyboard. But you still need to do it. For now, don’t worry too much about plot, or characterization, or any of that jazz. For now, just worry about getting words on the page.
Maybe you’ve already written volumes of stories, poems, essays, and you really just want to read about how to improve your characterization, or a different method of world-building. That’s great. Please see the tag cloud to the left. I’ll be back next week with another writing article. This week, however, I need to work on my Camp NaNoWriMo project. Because the only way it’s going to get written is if I write it.
But first, don’t you have some words to write?