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.
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.
With the flowers blooming and days getting longer, try sitting in your garden to write. That way you can maintain the good writing habits you developed in February without missing out on summer.
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