We’re one week in! How is it going? Below is where you should be to reach the end goal (I am SO FAR from that number it’s sickening). If you’re not near it, don’t worry. Still time to catch up!
Week 1 Goal to be on Track: 11,666
Words a day to meet target: 1666
Before we get to the word of the day, draw up a chair. Talk to me. How is it really going?
Let me tell you a short story. A few years ago, I was on a break at work, writing a screenplay in a notebook. A coworker watched me for a while before approaching me.
“How do you just, you know, write like that?”
I had no idea how to answer them, and I still don’t.
Writing is different for everyone. Some people sit and plan for hours, every motive, thought, plot twist etc. That’s good if it works for you.
I just start writing. Things I didn’t know were there just flow onto the paper.
When ever I’m stuck I do just this. Writer’s block will cower from you if you just write.
I know that’s easier said than done, but never fear I’m here to help!
Writer’s block beating resources
I can’t stress enough how amazing that site is. It will give you a word, and 60 seconds to write about it. Just do it. You will be surprised what comes out and what’s more is that you’ll find that pesky writer’s block is gone!
This website is awesome for making you sit and write, it even offers a Kamikaze mode where if you stop writing your words start to delete themselves! Nothing screams motivation like annihilation!
1 : the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies : prototype; also : a perfect example
2 : a transcendent entity that is a real pattern of which existing things are imperfect representations : idea
3 : (psychology) an inherited idea or mode of thought in the psychology of C. G. Jung that is derived from the experience of the race and is present in the unconscious of the individual
“That archetype of the clean-cut, indefatigable and incorruptible agent was largely the invention of J. Edgar Hoover, who led the FBI for 48 years, from May 1924 to May 1972.” — Vanessa Romo, NPR.org, 13 July 2017
“In Nashville, … [Shania] Twain has come to be embraced as an elder and an archetype. Carrie Underwood had to prove that she could handle one of Twain’s hits when she competed on American Idol en route to becoming one of the reigning pop-country figures of the post-Shania era.” — Jewly Hight, Vulture, 29 Sept. 2017
Archetype derives via Latin from the Greek adjective archetypos (“archetypal”), formed from the verb archein (“to begin” or “to rule”) and the noun typos (“type”). (Archein also gave us the prefix arch-, meaning “principal” or “extreme,” used to form such words as archenemy, archduke, and archconservative.) Archetype has specific uses in the fields of philosophy and psychology. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato, for example, believed that all things have ideal forms (aka archetypes) of which real things are merely shadows or copies. And in the psychology of C. G. Jung, archetype refers to an inherited idea or mode of thought that is present in the unconscious of the individual. In everyday prose, however, archetype is most commonly used to mean “a perfect example of something.”
You can do this. You can. It’s not too late to start or to catch up. Good luck, all of you.
How is your novel going? Hit any roadblocks yet?