1 Write the ending of your story first. The very last scene. Will you struggle? Probably. Good.
2. Write for an hour without looking at your word count.
3. Try writing five days in a row. Doesn’t matter how much or if it’s any good. Just write.
4. Travel to a new place. Even if it’s 5 minutes from your house but you’ve never been there. Observe.
5. Have a pet? Have you ever wondered what they’re thinking when they start getting excited to see you …?
6. Meet someone new. Or reconnect with someone you’ve lost touch with. Like, don’t put them in your novel, exactly, but … you know. Maybe?
7. Practice writing a “cover letter” you’ll never send. How can you creatively sell your skills as an artist?
8. Try playing an instrument. Learn to appreciate the unique challenges of a different “genre” of artist.
9. Do something creative you know you won’t be good at.
10. Imagine the most outrageous scenario that could possibly play out today. Now write about it.
11. Continue to write the thing you stopped writing because you didn’t think it was good enough.
12. Have a new idea? Don’t start writing. Let it unravel in your mind. Enjoy how that makes you feel.
13. Don’t let your doubts bring you down. Keep a positive attitude. Challenging? Yep. You can do it. :)
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.