Today is the last day of February and, as a result, also the last day of Write by Midnight. My schedule is full today – more so than usual. But in the 30 minutes I had between the time my children walked out the door for school and the time I had to leave to get to my first appointment, I wrote. It was hasty, raw and unedited words on a page, but I made writing a priority this morning. I wanted to finish strong.
No matter what you have going on today, find time to write. I did, and I’m confident the good mood it put me in will carry me throughout the rest of my chaotic day. Now it’s your turn to do the same.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of accompanying my daughter’s class to hear Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and the step-sister of Anne Frank, speak. Mrs. Schloss’s story was heartbreaking, compelling and memorable. She said during the program that she didn’t share her story for a long time, but came to realize that it needed to be told. Her messages of hope and acceptance also, in my opinion, needed to be heard.
As writers, I think we all have a pressing need to share our stories, even if it takes us a lifetime to tell them. By writing about experiences, whether real or imagined, we evoke sympathy, empathy and countless other emotions that connect us to one another as a human race.
So keep that in mind today as you work on your manuscript. Dig deep. Listen to the story inside you that must be told and must be heard. I promise, someone is waiting to hear what you have to say in the way only you can say it.
When the WriteOwls first started talking about doing a write-a-thon, we thought February would be the perfect month because there isn’t a lot happening. There’s no more holiday shopping to do or parties to attend. The cold weather invites snuggling up with a hot beverage and a great excuse to make progress on our writing projects. Typically, February is a boring, dreary, laid back, uneventful month. But not this year. At least not for me. Continue reading
Sundays are my planning days. I sit down with my calendar and figure out what I have going on for the rest of the week. I prioritize and plan how I’m going to get it all done. I also look back at what I achieved – or didn’t – the previous week. When I sat down last night, my Write by Midnight progress log was the first thing I reviewed.
I wish I could say I met my daily goals of writing for 30 minutes during my lunch break, but I didn’t. Here’s how the week played out for me: Continue reading
I spent this past weekend doing a character interview with the antagonist in my work in progress. I’ve shied away from doing character interviews in the past because, frankly, they seemed silly. My characters lived in my imagination. I created them. I didn’t need to ask a series of questions of, in essence, myself pretending to be my character to figure out their weaknesses and goals. So why did I change my mind? I realized I was neglecting one of my greatest strengths as a writer. Continue reading