Write By Midnight Is Coming Again

Now that 2018 is under way, it’s time to gear up for our second annual write-a-thon. The Write by Midnight challenge encourages you to make daily writing a priority. Throughout the month of February, we will offer suggestions, prompts and encouragement aimed at helping you get something written every day by midnight. Writing each day helps you establish a writing habit that you will be able to carry forward into the rest of the year.

Starting Feb. 1, visit us here or follow @WriteOwls #WBM on Twitter as we share insights and our personal stories of how we’re meeting our daily goals. We’ll also offer tips for boosting your productivity and other helpful resources to help you stay the course.

If you participated in last year’s Write by Midnight challenge, we encourage you to push yourself even further this year. Perhaps you are already in the habit of writing 300 words a day. If so, try to add to your daily word count during this year’s challenge. If you currently write for 30 minutes a day, could you up that to 45 minutes or even an hour? If you’re revising, double how many scenes you revise in the same time period.

If you’re new to this blog, we would encourage you to read through the old Write by Midnight posts to catch up on everything you missed. You can do that by searching under the Write By Midnight category on the right side of your screen.

Between now and Feb. 1, think about what goals you want to reach by the end of February. Put those goals in writing now so you can refer back to them throughout the month. Make them ambitious, but realistic. Now is the time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish and how to do it. Study your daily schedule, looking for minutes here and there that you can dedicate to extra writing time. Check back here next Monday for more tips on how to prepare for Write by Midnight. We look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Insomniacs Anonymous 1-19-18

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Did you break your writing routine during the holidays? If not, how did you keep on track? If so, are you still suffering from the winter writing blues? What are your plans for getting back into the daily writing habit?

Practical Prompt 1-17-18

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now.

The clock is ticking, people. Start writing. If you’re like most writers, you always have story ideas stewing in the back of your mind. So how do you decide which one is worthy of your time? Consider what’s currently on the market as part of your decision-making process. Think about what’s overdone and what’s up and coming. Research “wish lists” from agents and editors to shed some light on what’s in demand. Start with the ideas you’re most excited about that also fit that bill.

Insomniacs Anonymous 1-12-18

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Did you accomplish your writing goals in 2017? What are your goals for 2018?

Acknowledge Yourself a Writer; Practice Self-Control

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Around the first of the New Year, I thought a lot about the goals I had for 2018, both personally and professionally.  They were of the standard variety, you know: be more organized, take my yoga practice up a notch, go to bed at a “human” hour, FINISH WRITING THAT BOOK! All these are well and good, and if I’m honest I’ll likely be successful at doing them for the first few months of the year before my enthusiasm will wane and I’ll half-a– the rest of the year. Willpower can only take you so far! (The Frog and Toad story “Cookies”  comes to mind when I hear the word willpower). Continue reading