I wanted to give everyone an update on my Write by Midnight experience since I was head down writing like a fiend at the end of February.
This year’s challenge was great for me! I met my goals. I wrote every day, honed my routine and came up with a way of using note cards to spot scenes that didn’t move the story forward—especially after plot tweaks. I wanted to share this plotting/revising technique with you as our first post-WBM pep talk of the year. Continue reading
This is the third year the WriteOwls have done a Write by Midnight challenge, and for me, it’s been the most productive.
Here’s what I’ve discovered so far this time around:
- I write new stuff best at three to five in the morning. I guess my internal editor is still asleep then and just lets me get on with it. It’s also the worst time of day for me to revise, edit or polish—probably for the same reason.
- If I’m stuck, inspiration is most likely to strike while I’m cooking dinner or cleaning the kitchen after dinner, especially if there are nasty pots that need scrubbing. It might be the dancing around like a fool listening to head-banging music that really does the trick, but I’m not sure.
- If I’m on a roll, the wonder dog will say she’s in desperate need of a walk—even at 3 a.m.
- Rainy, drippy, dreary days are the best for writing—except when the wind starts blowing and trees start falling and the power goes out.
- The power only goes out if I’ve written something earth-shatteringly brilliant and haven’t hit save yet.
- If I tip my chair back too far while I’m writing, it will topple over—and me with it. It doesn’t matter what time of day.
- I have the best, most fabulous writing friends ever!
Now off to write some more, hopefully without knocking over my chair. That really freaks-out the dog.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get much writing done last month, but with 2018 a shrinking smudge in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for me to get back on track. Since I am by nature a planner, I’ve come up with a get-back-to-work strategy.
- I will banish defeatist and negative thoughts and muzzle my internal editor. Now is not the time for nit-picking.
Though I’m an introvert, meaning I’m more interested in thinking about the stories in my head than making small talk at dinner parties, I’m not socially awkward or shy, and I don’t suffer from any kind of stage fright—except when it comes to talking to strangers about my writing. My face heats and my blood pressure spikes. I either go brain-blank or start babbling, speaking in disjointed sentence fragments with lots of “um’s.” Continue reading
Every writer has strengths and weaknesses. A writer who is a natural at dialog may struggle with action or description or something else. My Achilles’ heel is narrative summary—in all its many forms. (Arrrg!) That is a problem, because every book has narrative summary.
When it’s done well, readers don’t even notice the summarizing. It just seems like a natural part of the story. But if it’s not done well, it sticks out—like mustard on ice cream. Continue reading