We’re halfway through Write by Midnight. Are you halfway to reaching your monthly writing goals? If so, congratulations! Give yourself a reward and keep it up!
If not, there’s still plenty of time to up your output. Creating a new habit can be tough, and you should expect a bit of floundering in the beginning. Reasses your process and schedule to find what’s working and what’s not, and use that information to adjust for the second half of Write by Midnight.
And don’t forget to reward yourself for the successes you have had. If you’re writing more now than you were before Feb. 1, that’s progress. If your average daily word count has gone up in the last two weeks, that’s progress.
Writing a novel is a long-haul game; celebrate every success you have—especially all of the little ones.
Write by Midnight starts on Wednesday, Feb. 1. What are some of the things you’re doing to prepare?
This week, in preparation for Write by Midnight, you’ve been trying to incorporate daily writing into your normal life. How is it going so far? What’s been the biggest obstacle that’s kept you from writing as much as you’d like?
Last week, in preparation for the upcoming Write by Midnight write-a-thon, you set your goals for the month of February and developed a tentative schedule for accomplishing them. For this week’s challenge, it’s time to test your plan. Over the course of the next week, try out your schedule to see if your daily and weekly objectives are realistic. Perhaps you want to revise 10 scenes next month. So see if you can revise two to three scenes this week. If you revise four, set your sights higher, and aim for 15 scenes. If you only revise one scene, you may need to find ways to fit more writing time into your day. Dedicating an extra 30 minutes to writing may require you to wake up earlier, for instance. To ease into that, try setting your alarm five minutes earlier than the previous day until you are able to wake up a half an hour earlier. Then use those precious minutes to write. Don’t be afraid to adjust your goals, however. A practical, but ambitious approach is the key to writing success.