Last night, my husband and I were watching a stand-up comedian on television. Pete Holmes elicited big laughs from his bit about finding moments of joy, which, fitting for a writer, referenced Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. “I see joy everywhere,” he said as part of the bit. Right then and there, I set my writing goal for the summer: to see joy everywhere in my writing. Continue reading
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You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.
Are you a mom? How does that experience inform what you write about?
I have a confession.
I dance around the scenes I don’t want to write. Or at least don’t feel equipped to.
Currently, there are three big gaping holes in my manuscript. All three holes should be filled with essential scenes; all three are insanely difficult for me to write. There are scenes before and scenes Continue reading →
You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.
If you’re struggling to get words on the page, using a timer may help. In your next writing session, set an alarm for the first half of your allotted writing time. If you only have 30 minutes to write, set the alarm for 15 minutes and write, racing the clock. Avoid deleting, backspacing or reconsidering during this 15-minute segment. The goal is word count. When the alarm goes off, use the last half of your writing time to polish and flesh out what you wrote under the gun.
It has been nearly three weeks since our write-a-thon and we hope that you feel you have developed a steady writing practice. Habits are wonderful things to develop, especially since we can see a tangible result: word-count increase, clarity related to plot or character, or an eager hunger to write above all else. Continue reading →