This Wednesday from 4-5 pm ET, we will host a Twitter chat discussing all things Camp NaNoWriMo, including how to stay motivated, discover inspiration, and navigate the transition between a completed manuscript and a published work. Author and Executive Director of NaNoWriMo Grant Faulkner will be joining us. Add your voice, questions, opinions, and experience to the conversation. To participate, simply tweet during the scheduled time using the #BBchat hashtag! Join us to learn more about Faulkner's strategies and recommendations for authors.

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Stay motivated when writing a novelWhether you’re writing a novel in a month for National Novel Writing Month, or you’re simply trying to finish that gripping fantasy book you’ve been working on for ten years, it can be hard to stay motivated. As a novelist, I find that there are days when the words flow easily, and others when even writing the first sentence feels about as easy as climbing Mount Everest in flip-flops. While I love writing, and I can’t imagine not doing it for a living, I also know that there are days when I’d rather do almost anything other than face the pages I have to write. Every distraction, even laundry or the gym, looks like a more fun way to spend my afternoon. Here are some tips for getting and staying motivated while you write your novel.

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The more important a project is to us, the harder it can be to start and continue--and take it all the way to publication. The more we care, the more we fret.  When we attempt to take our writing to the next level with a more ambitious project such as a complete novel or nonfiction book, a change-the-world manifesto, or even essays or stories that are intellectually or emotionally more rigorous--it's easy to get lost in the complexity of all we want to say and accomplish. What I tell myself over and over is, Just begin! Here are 7 strategies that can help you get--and keep--your writing sea legs and create work you’re proud of. 1. Practice Writing. Find one pinky fingernail bit of your idea, one corner where you can sit at your screen or with a yellow pad and write out several paragraphs, pages, or a whole thread of an idea. Develop small chunks of writing. Getting even a few pages of a chapter opening, one section of a topic, or a single scene drafted can be a huge boost. For non-fiction (including memoir) you can develop starter pages with bullet lists of information you want to fill in. For fiction you can plot out a particular bit of action that can be woven into a seamless whole over the course of writing and rewriting process. When you make your idea concrete, it becomes easier to look at your work as a "project" and not as "you." Believe me, just push forward.

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