Got it? Now distance yourself from every piece of technology in your home (cellphones, laptops, TV, teleportation devices, laser guns, etc). If it’s not deterimental to your health, leave it! I personally suggest that you take a field trip into the backyard or a local park.
Get cozy. Write for fifteen minutes.
The point of this Freewriting exercise is to pull you away from all distractions (twitter, facebook, email, texting, your blog, so on) forcing you to do one thing: Write. Be hard on yourself! Don’t go back into your home or pick up any piece of tech until you’ve written something.
What should you write about? That’s your choice.
Freewrite #11 Goals:
Get away from technology. (Go in the backyard, park, coffee shop—somewhere!)
Write for fifteen minutes. (I suggest using a pencil and notepad)
Don’t censor / edit yourself.
Once you’re done pat yourself on the back. You’ve just done one of the hardest things for a writer to do. If you want to share what you wrote on your blog—FANSTATIC! If not, let me know how this experience helped (or did not help) you in the comments. Good luck!
Since it’s Camp NaNo I thought it would be fun to tailor July’s “challenges” to our NaNo projects. The following scenarios should only be thought of as fun exercises using your Camp NaNo character(s). Don’t feel obligated to actually include them into your manuscript.
When characters are put under extreme pressure, their actions says something about the type of person they are.
The neighborhood geek could actually be a courageous hero.
And the bully? A cuddly kitten!
Your challenge is to choose a character from your current WIP and put them in one (or more) of the following situations:
Stuck in an elevator with no way to contact anyone
Stranded and needs medical attention
Is a witness to a robbery in progress
They’ve just found out there’s a bomb in the building
You’ve got two weeks! Post it on your blog and leave a link in the comments.