Select a point during the writing process, whether at 10,000 words, a quarter or halfway through your manuscript. When you reach that mark re-evaluate your characters motivations goals, strengths and weakness. Chances are they have changed since you started the manuscript. Make notes on what you will need to do when you’re ready to go back and revise.
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It’s easy to get lazy with your writing in the hazy days of summer. If your writing routine has slipped, set aside a specific time every day to write in the next month. Whether it’s on your lunch hour, first thing in the morning or last thing before you go to bed, write for at least fifteen to thirty minutes. Don’t worry about the quality of your work. The goal is to get words on the page. If you find it difficult to resist the urge to edit or research, consider writing long hand instead of the computer. Team up with a partner to swap your pages with at the end of each day to hold yourself accountable. At the end of the August, tally your word count to see how you did.
This week, brainstorm the kind of music your character would like considering her personality, the time period of your story and her culture. Then, either while you’re gearing up to write or are writing, listen to the playlist.
Does outlining a scene before you write it help keep your story moving forward or does it hurt your creativity?
Next month, set up your own, little writing retreat to make distraction-free progress on your project. Treat it like a workshop that you paid to attend.
Plan it: Designate a specific time for your retreat whether that’s every afternoon or a weekend. Pick the place for your retreat, whether that’s a locked bedroom, a hotel room, library or cafe. Somewhere where you won’t be disturbed.
Name it: Call it a writing camp or workshop or give it some other specific name.
Announce it: Tell your family, friends and anybody else that might bother you that you will not be available during those days and times. If you have to physically leave your house to get alone time, then pick another place!
Execute it: Set a realistic goal for your retreat and follow through.