Writer’s Block and Camp NaNoWriMo

Welcome Spring! I’m so excited that the weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer. I took a long vacation earlier in the month, which was great for my well-being but bad for my reading and writing goals.

I expected vacation to clear my head and spark inspiration, but that’s exactly the opposite of what’s happened. Since I got back from vacation, I’ve written a total of 500 words. That’s it! For some reason, my story feels stagnant. The weird thing is that I’m right about to really dive into some crazy action – I’m about at the halfway point, and I’m about to make a big reveal that motivates the actions for the rest of the story. So, why can’t I push through this hump and get to the good stuff?  My goal is to push myself to write something–anything–every day until the end of the month on this project.

Why only until the end of the month? Because next month is Camp NaNoWriMo! And during April, I’m switching projects. I need to back away from my current project for a little while and reassess where it’s going. I’m going back to a project that I started last April during Camp NaNoWriMo. Last April, I failed miserably and didn’t even hit 10,000 words. This year, my goal is 50,000 words. Over the past year, the story’s word count has crept toward 20,000, so if I sit down and commit, I think I should be able to finish it next month (or if not, get very, very close).

Are you signing up for Camp NaNoWriMo? Friend me! My user name is rbohlen, and I’m always looking for buddies to help with motivation.

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