Hey, gang, November is officially more than half over, which means Nanoers are heading toward the sloggy middle of their manuscripts!
For those of you who outline, you may have developed a nice plot line that’ll help guide you through the potential muck and slush of the-middle-of-the-novel, but those of you who are pansters may be stuck.
What’s a panster to do???
Well, here are some tips!
How to get un-stuck:
- Skip a scene or three and write something that’ll get ya stoked about the story again.
- Throw in a plot twist. (Didn’t know your character is allergic to peanuts? Have her hotter than hot love interest make her a peanut butter cup in the shape of a heart.) (The antagonist is actually the protagonist’s half-sister? Yikes!! Now what’re the characters gonna do?)
- Free write using the POV of your main character. Just let them do the talking and see where it takes you. Inspiration may strike and you’ll be back on track again.
- Remember Write or Die? Challenge yourself to a timed session there and I’ll guarantee you’ll be typing faster than your mind can think.
- Sprint with some pals.
- For God’s sake, take a freaking break and let your mind rest! Read a few chapters of the book you’ve set aside for the past two weeks. Go see Breaking Dawn. Let your unconscious (AKA subconscious) mind work things out. It’ll let you know when the problem is solved…Trust me. (You know those EUREKA! moments? That’s your unconscious giving you an answer.)
- Take a walk. Physical exercise not only makes us healthier, it provides stress relief, and the scenery may just trigger an idea.
- Check out Sarah’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog post on whether or not she Nanos. Then review Lydia’s and mine.
- DON’T GIVE UP.
Your turn to share you ideas of how to get through the sloggy middle!