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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.

 

 

Deadline Inspiration

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

Last year, when an art director reviewed my portfolio, she suggested that I make a dummy based on a painting of mine called The Math Dragon. (For the purposes of this post, a dummy is an illustrated mock-up of a picture book or graphic novel.)

That sounded like a great idea. My math paintings and prints have always been my biggest sellers and I wondered why I’d never Continue reading

Under Pressure

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

For two frustrating weeks, I’ve tried to sit down and work on my novel, but rather than write, I watch the cursor blink. You’d say I’ve got writer’s block, and I wouldn’t argue with you. I am crippled by it at the moment.

So, I am taking a break from my novel to write about writer’s block, hoping it may pull me out of my creative vacation. I’ve heard a rumor that focusing on a different project can remedy WB; it’s worth giving a try. Continue reading

Deadlines

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

I am a deadline-oriented writer. As a freelance journalist, I always get my story in on time, but I rarely get it in early. I thrive on that jolt of adrenaline that a pending deadline produces. But as a fiction writer, no one is beating down my door to read my first novel. Querying my dream agent this week or in five years won’t matter to the agent—plenty of other writers will be offering their work for consideration in the mean time. But delaying will matter to me. I don’t want to fritter away five years of my writing life. Continue reading

Ten Rules For Getting Through My First Draft

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

I am currently working on the first draft of my first novel. With a background as a visual artist, my major focus has been on picture books, but the other writers in my critique group have been a bad influence–they’ve infected me with the YA bug. I know exactly when it happened; during our own little write-a-thon I took a stab at writing an opening scene to a sci-fi novel.  Continue reading