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Make Your Deadlines

Megan Norris Jones

My writing background is in journalism, and every good journalist learns how to write under deadline. You have a story due. You report it. You write it. You turn it in. You repeat. Because your editor is counting on you. And because it really is going to be published with your name on it, so it had better be good.

But even though I know how to write on deadline, I have difficulty moving my fiction forward at the same efficient pace of my nonfiction because (1) there is no editor waiting on it, and (2) I have no assurance it will ever be published anyway.

So how can I simulate the efficiency-producing deadlines of journalism in my fiction writing? Through a combination of written deadlines and external accountability. Continue reading

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.

 

Insomniacs Anonymous 8-20-2018

Identifying what you love about your story is only one step on your journey to publication. You also need to share your enthusiasm with others. Tell us here what makes your story unique and compelling.

Practical Prompt 8-13-2018

Enthusiasm for your latest writing project is a necessary ingredient to seeing it through to publication. Spend the coming days identifying all the things you love about your story. What makes it unique? What makes it compelling? If the story is special to you, it will be special to readers, as well.

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.