Kalei Kites’ Writerly Advice Chronicles ~ Novel-ISH Glamour

My Writing Tips on How You Can Stay Motivated During the Best Part of the Writing Process.

Gla·mour (n.) [in literary terms] ~ the feeling of excitement a writer experiences, when they imagine their brand, new novel idea in an idealistic way.

Every writer undergoes this stage at the beginning of the writing process.

When you get a brilliant vision for a story, you feel:

sensations of adrenaline run through your veins.

You see:

SUCCESS with your amazing idea;

boosts of inspiration

ultimately fuel your dreams, goals, and sparks

behind your prose.

And most notably,

you literally can’t stop THINKING about

your story idea.

When this euphoric part of the writing stage is triggered, it’s easy to go with the flow—until writer’s block invades your brain.

So how are you supposed to maintain the motivation to write?

Personally, I’m a person who loves visuals. And nothing satisfies me more than



Along with developing my story ideas, random character quotes usually pop into my head at some point.

So when I’m almost sun-dried of inspi-ray-tion, I find great pictures on Google, play with fonts on Pixlr, and apply my favorite quotes on these images.

Pinterest, is also perfect tool for writers who want to stay motivated. I love looking for pictures of my characters and pinning them to my boards. It keeps me occupied and coordinated.


❤ Music is love. Music is life. ❤

Check out my post here on how to: make a music playlist for your novel.


Another tip for maintaining motivation that you probably hear all the time, is that you should read ALOT.

I actually disagree with this.

But I’ll talk about that in a future post. :/

However, if I do read during this stage, I tend to read a few books ONLY in my story’s genre to brainwash myself in inspiration.


You should (if possible) visit someplace local or distant that reminds you of a scene in your story (obviously this won’t work if you’re writing a story in the Fantasy/Paranormal/Science-Fiction etc. genre though. Unless you want to go to Comic-Con or a museum).

When I change my surroundings, I find that it becomes easier to slip into my character’s shoes and see from her/his perspective a bit clearer.


My last tip for you is to

pen smaller written pieces (ex: short stories / flash fiction) if you get writer’s block, based on your main story. Using this method, you can delve into a character more deeply or a certain aspect in your setting. The possibilities are boundless. Who knows? You might even end up incorporating one of these mini works into your novel!


Thanks for reading!

I hope these tips help you, when you begin your journey.

And always remember—stay focused!!




7 thoughts on “Kalei Kites’ Writerly Advice Chronicles ~ Novel-ISH Glamour

  1. Great tips! 🙂

    These are generally things that I do, and it’s a relief knowing that someone else does these things too (Hey, I’m not crazy! Or, at least, I’m not alone in being crazy!).

    If I may share something else that I do, it’s to play a character. For example, if I want to delve deeper into a character’s mind, I’ll pretend as if I’m an actor playing that character in the movie version of my book. This not only helps me to get solid dialogue and reactions from them in specific scenes, but it can also lead to a kind of monologue in which the character tells me more about him/herself (Yeah, I’ll sometimes pretend to be a girl too. Did I mention that I’m crazy?).

    I might not use everything I get from this type of exercise, but it does help me to further understand each character, their motivations, and why they say and do what they say and do.

    Again, these are some great tips you’ve given. And I hope you don’t mind me throwing something out as well. Good luck with your writing! 🙂

  2. These all sound great!
    I do tend to hit a block, and when I return, I usually lose the flow. So yes, the playlist may help me.
    I do use the last tip in another manne, its always done more uniquely for my post, since I don’t generally write fiction. But for a longer story, I think, yes it might work well to develop a character.
    Thank You. 🙂

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