Category Archives: Write by Midnight Pep Talks

Write by Midnight Pep Talk 8-27-18

Interacting with other writers is a great way to stay energized about your own work. This month, find a way to engage with the writing community. Seek out a writer’s conference or book festival to attend. Libraries, book stores and universities host author lectures and book signings that you can check out, as well.

If you’re like us, being around the writers who attend these types of events will motivate you to go home and make your stories the best they can be.  In our experience, fellow writers are usually more than happy to socialize and network. So don’t plan to just listen while you’re there. Talk to those around you. Ask them about their projects. Share what you’re working on. You’re likely to find people who can offer solutions to some of the struggles you’ve faced. And you’re likely to walk away feeling more confident about your own projects.

 

Write by Midnight Pep Talk 6-25-18

With summer in full swing, seek out new ways to motivate yourself to keep up the good habits you set during the Write by Midnight challenge. Consider submitting some of your work to an upcoming writing contest or signing up for a critique at a conference. Having a firm entry deadline will encourage you to get words on the page.

 

 

Write by Midnight Pep Talk 5-28-15

As summer break begins, don’t let those lazy days beckon you to get lazy with your daily writing habits. Make a list of scenes that you want to write this month. Then for the first half of the month, write a summary of what needs to happen in each scene. It’s okay just to “tell” what needs to happen in each, but try to be as specific as possible. Then for the second half of the month, go back through each scene and replace all those telling moments with action, emotion, description and anything else that helps you “show” your readers what’s happening.

Write by Midnight Pep Talk 4-30-18

Another month has passed since our Write by Midnight challenge ended. We hope you’re still sticking to your daily writing habits. In May, think about how to make the most of the writing time you have. Try this technique:

 

  • Determine how much time you want to write on any given day. 30 minutes? An hour?
  • Now, set a timer for half of that time. Write freely until the timer lets you know to stop. Just get the scene on the page.
  • Then, reset the timer for a second round. This time, go back through what you wrote and make it make sense. Flesh out the scene with description, introspection, dialogue or whatever else you think the scene needs to be worthy of your name on the cover.

 

 

 

 

Write By Midnight Pep Talk 3-30-18

It’s the last Friday of the month. We hope you’re pushing forward with the daily writing habit you established in February’s Write by Midnight challenge. Now is the time to assess your writing progress and make your schedule for next month.

Have you come up with your writing goals for April? If not, this weekend is the perfect time to do it.

Let us know how it’s going!