The third annual Write By Midnight challenge begins Feb. 1, 2019. Now is the time to set your writing goals for the new year. Consider how you can use Write By Midnight to accomplish them. Think big!
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The WriteOwls are getting excited for the 2019 Write By Midnight challenge in February. We’d love to hear from you about what you’d like to see from us this year. What tools, tips and resources would help you best in your quest to keep writing every day?
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 →
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.
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.