In case you missed the last three parts to the series, part 1.) covered Quick dinners and Setting, 2.) Desk Exercises and Plots, and 3.) Alternatives to water and POVs. This post will cover topics such as social media during November, how just fifteen minutes a day can improve your writing, and verb tense.
Nutrition: Lunches can be as quick as a bowl of cereal or as difficult as roasting a chicken. But who wants to eat cereal for breakfast and lunch? Come to think of it, I have. Or has time to roast a chicken? What am I thinking? Publix has great already roasted chickens in their deli department? Whatever. Let's just pretend we don't want cereal again and we don't want to run up the grocery store.
Here's a quick and nutritious spin on an old favorite that is perfect for Fall.
Better than PB&J:
- Spread 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter or almond butter on a slice of whole grain bread.
- Slice up half a banana and layer it over the peanut butter.
- Grate a small apple or pear. Layer on top of the banana.
- Just a sprinkle of cinnamon and another slice of bread.
- Serve with a cup of baby carrots or any other veggie and the other half of the banana.
- Plus, Autumn is the season for fresh, ripe, and juicy apples.
Exercise: A stroll around the neighborhood might be good for clearing the mind and coming up with story ideas, but 15-30 minutes of cardio is needed to pump that much needed blood through the body and into the brain. Cardio is not only a gut buster, it also improves decision making, inspires innovation, and yields higher productivity. Let's look at it another way: Exercise=> brainpower=> word production=> stories=> novels=> money.
So stand up, turn on some music, and dance. Don't like to dance? How about jumping rope? Or jumping jacks. Lace up those running shoes and go for a jog. Anything is better than sitting on that butt all day. *Don't forget to save your document first!
Fifteen minutes a day can make a difference. (In both exercise and your writing.)
Creative Writing: This prompt is pretty simple and focusses on writing tense verbs.
Set the timer for 10 minutes and describe a routine or holiday ritual using only present tense verbs. Then, rewrite it in future tense.
Organization: Writing 50,000 words plus keeping up with a blog, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google plus, etc, etc, can be tough. October is the perfect time to prioritize what you want to do and what you can do. It's also the perfect time to try slow-blogging. Don't know what it is, Anne R. Allen describes this perfectly in her blog post, The Slow Manifesto and 8 Reasons Why...
Also, check out her Four Part Social Media Secrets series, Part 1: How to Avoid Twitter-Fritter and Facebook Fail, Part 2: How to Blog Your Way Out of the Slush Pile, and Part 3: What Should an Author Blog About?, and Part 4: How Not to Spam. Thank goodness, Anne. She's a blog-goddess. Psst. If you're not already following her bog, click over there and follow her immediately. Wait! After you finish here, okay?
Just remember, keeping up with Social Media during NaNo can be difficult so don't beat yourself up if you need to take a break.
Tense: All writers come to a point in their writing when they have to ask, should I write this story in past or present tense? Most times, it doesn't matter. However, sometimes it does. Present tense is best for flash fiction and powerful storylines. Short stories work better with past tense verbs. Most writers choose present tense, because it has a "it's happening now" feel while reading it. Some say writing in present tense is amateurish and screams "Newbie Writer." I say as long as the story is written well and engrosses me, who cares; I'm not paying attention to verb tense.
I have written stories in both past and present tense. Present tense flows better, but historical tales tend to sound better in past tense. That's just my opinion. What do you think?
Have you ever been apple picking? Are you going to continue using social media in November? Do you follow Anne R. Allen's blog? Do you have an opinion on past and present tense in books?