Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody.
National Novel Writing Month is almost over, but your writing got stuck in a…a thing that…you see?! Your novel needs a tow rope to pull you out of Writer’s Block Swamp. I’m here to throw you one.
Prepare Mind, Body, and Soul
- Eat lots of leftover Halloween candy. You never know what your brain will come up with after colossal amounts of chocolWHEEEEE!
- Take a walk to clear your head and find some inspirado. Maybe go somewhere dangerous or haunted. You can write the story in real time! Okay fine, scardeycat, you can bring a friend for strength in numbers. Make sure this friend is slower than you in the event a wild animal starts chasing you.
- Give yourself permission to write badly. Just be sure you fill out the proper BW-1593 bad-writing permission form. Don’t make the rookie mistake of forgetting to have it notarized.
Add New Story Elements
- Introduce a wacky sidekick. This is the oldest, most overused trick in the book. Because it’s awesome. With luck, you can create a character as iconic as Scrappy Doo.
- Find a change of scenery. I like to get characters out of their comfort zones by putting them in unfamiliar surroundings. For example, take your hard-case gumshoe and put him at the bottom of the ocean with no oxygen tank. See what happens.
- Write someone you hate into the story and have your protagonist beat them up. Just a good, old-fashioned curb stomping. It’s cathartic, and the harder you hit them, the more you’ll fill your word count. Use lots of detail. Don’t be ashamed by the urge to write yourself into the victim’s role here. You’re not alone.
- Add a guest appearance by the Harlem Globetrotters.