If you’re finding it difficult to maintain your daily writing habit in this time of enforced family togetherness, take some time each day for 15, 10 or even just 5 minutes to do a writing sprint. Don’t worry about making the prose beautiful; simply get words on the page. Then, before you go to bed, no matter what time that is, jot down how you did and what your writing goal is for the next day.
Under normal circumstances, we would post a Write by Midnight Pep Talk today, but our priorities have shifted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the coming weeks, we hope you will do everything to stay healthy, protect yourself and tend to your physical and mental well-being.
Reading a book is a good distraction from endless negative reports about the state of the world. Many resources for audiobooks have become available for free in recent days, so take advantage of these great options. Then, share the titles you’re enjoying with the WriteOwls community so others can check them out, as well.
Writing about your feelings is a proven method for reducing stress and easing anxieties, so consider journaling during these uncertain times.
While the writing process is often a solitary task, it’s also important to stay connected with others while you’re putting good social distancing habits into practice. There are thousands of writers, editors, agents and publishers who are sharing their journeys on social media. So follow some of your favorites for a healthy dose of “we’re all in this together” and to hear how others are coping with staying at home.
Schedule a regular time to call your writer friends to keep your community in tact. Talking to them at a set time will help you stay motivated as you establish new routines for your daily life and your writing.
Leave a comment here or Tweet us @writeowls to keep in touch and let us know how you’re doing.
Write by Midnight 2020 starts Saturday! Last week, you set your goals for the month. This week, it’s time to get organized and fired up about writing. To chart your success throughout February, be sure to download our printable writing log here or use any progress-tracking app of your choosing.
New this year, we’re introducing a fun twist – Write by Midnight Bingo – with a book give-away at the end.
Here’s how it works:
1. Follow @WriteOwls on Twitter and subscribe to this blog (on the right side of your screen) for a daily shot of Write by Midnight tips and encouragement.
2. Download your Write By Midnight Bingo card here. It’s filled with prompts to inspire you to stay on track during the write-a-thon. When you complete a prompt, mark that spot on your card. You can do them in any order you choose. However, if you need a push to stay the course, we’ll have three ways for you to receive a prompt from the card each day: Twitter, the WriteOwls blog, or by subscribing to our blog to get a prompt emailed to your inbox.
3. When you complete five spaces in a full row (diagonal counts), tweet a picture of your card to @WriteOwls and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to receive a copy of a writing craft book we will reveal later in the month. Be sure to include #WriteByMidnight2020 with each tweet to be eligible. You can be entered up to 12 times if you complete the entire card. That’s 12 chances to win a book each of the Write Owls find full of practical and inspiring advice about writing for young readers.
4. All entries will be due by midnight EST on Saturday, Feb. 29. One winner will be drawn from all eligible entries and announced here and via Twitter on Monday, March 9.
We hope this year’s Write by Midnight challenge will help you re-energize your daily writing habits, and we look forward to hearing from you throughout 2020 as you keep reaching your goals.
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