Raise your hand if you did NaNo this year!! *raises hand* Okay, even if you didn't, have you ever been on a roll, writing this new fantastic idea and you're thinking, Yes, this is it! .........
Only to find that the next day you can't seem to squeeze out a single word on your latest masterpiece?
This happens to any writer, and it happened to me this past NaNo. I plotted and replotted and THEN plotted some more (which is a first for me, usually I'm a pantser) and when it came to the ending my brain went dead. I had no clue where to go next! I tried to force it out, wrote several shoddy drafts of ideas but nothing was working. I couldn't seem to crank it out like I wanted to.
Frustrated, I decided to start on some of my TBR pile, and it was AWESOME! (Not just because I loved the book.) It gave my brain a break, I was able to admire someone's work who had "made it" through the whole publishing process, and it helped me to unlock my thoughts and finish my story!
(So kudos to this book, All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin. Haven't finished it yet, but I'm loving it.)
OH and there's an awesome giveaway on YA Highway. And when I say awesome, I mean AWE-SOME! Go check it out, lots of books and critiques!