5 Motivational Writer Hacks

By Michelle Griep, @MichelleGriep

The first few weeks of NaNoWriMo are drawing to a close. Some have already crashed and burned in a fiery explosion of defeat. Others are limping along, hoping to make it but wondering if they’ve got what it takes. That’s who this post is for. The dragging. The lame. Those with the sweet-mercy-I’m-going-to-fail demon screaming in their ears. Here’s a lifeline for you. Grab on.


1 – Play some music.

There’s a reason movies have soundtracks. It’s inspirational. Put some moving music on in the background while you write. Don’t have any? Pop over to Spotify or Pandora for some free online music (as long as you don’t mind advertisements every half hour or so). Or toodle over to the library and get some CD’s.

2 -Shut off the internet. 

Facebook, Twitter, Drudge, YouTube . . . these are the giant, sucking leaches draining your creativity. Stop the madness. Shut off your WiFi connection. Don’t worry—your social media buddies will still be there in December.

3-Take a walk.

Staring at a screen for hours on end isn’t healthy. Stretch your legs while you work out a plot point. Breathe in some fresh air when fleshing out a quirky character. You’ll be surprised at how just a short walk can get the ol’ writerly juices flowing again.


Question: who can think straight when careening through life on only a few hours of sleep?

Answer: no one

Lesson: Don’t stay up late writing thinking you’re going to pound out a great novel. Your productivity will be compromised.

5-Psych yourself up.

Don’t just walk away from the keyboard when you’ve finished today’s word count. Think about tomorrow’s. Rev yourself up about the next scene. If you’re not excited to write it, your reader won’t be excited to read it.

Perseverance is the key to making it to the NaNoWriMo finish line. Keep plugging away.

12 Days at Bleakly Manor

Imprisoned unjustly, BENJAMIN LANE wants nothing more than freedom and a second chance to claim the woman he loves—but how can CLARA CHAPMAN possibly believe in the man who stole her family’s fortune and abandoned her at the altar? Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters . . . and what matters most is love.

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, Undercurrent andGallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.the next level.