*Hands you a weedwhacker and a flamethrower.* How’s the NaNo project going, bunky? Feeling a little overwhelmed? Struggling? In the weeds?
No, I don’t mean stop writing, I mean stop worrying. No one’s going to kill you if you don’t get the book done, and the worrying and stressing IS killing your creativity.
Write. The. Book.
Don’t edit along the way, don’t go back and read. (And please, for the love of all that’s sacred, do NOT plan on uploading that bitch to KDP on December 1!)
In fact, take a break.
You heard me, rest the brain for a day. Read. Watch a movie. Do SOMETHING. The old adage about you need to replenish the well is CORRECT. Take it from someone who does this for a dang living, you MUST take a break sometimes. Even if you don’t want to. I know that flies in the face of everything, but every professional author will admit that they need a mental health break from time to time. You can’t run on an empty tank.
Here are a few books I really enjoy that if you feel you can’t take a “break,” you can at least use the excuse that you’re still “working” by reading about the craft.