Recently, I holed up for two nights in a cabin in the mountains for a much-needed mini writing retreat. It rained nearly the whole time I was there, which helped me stay focused on the task at hand – getting as many words on the page in the limited alone time I had. Free of interruption and distraction, I produced a decent chunk of new content during my impromptu trip and came home re-energized about my work-in-progress. Continue reading
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This week, choose a book that has a similar feel to the story you’re working on. Read a page or two before you start writing to set the tone for the session.
As we head into the final stretch of Write by Midnight, don’t get frustrated if you’re struggling to get words on the page every day. Sharing your difficulties here and with other writers who have been there can help you gain insight into what might be holding you back. Let the WriteOwls community offer strategies to help you get back on track. Likewise, if you’ve been rocking Write By Midnight, now is the time to share the secrets to your success. Hearing about your accomplishments is always motivating.
Today, get your head space in the right place to write.
Start by doing something physical to get your blood pumping and your creative juices flowing. Before you sit down to write, try taking a walk, dancing to your favorite song, stretching exercises or jumping jacks.
Then, clear the air – literally. Open a window, even if it’s just for a moment if it’s chilly outside. Light a candle, burn some incense or turn on an essential oil diffuser. Take in slow, deep breaths.
Finally, channel your inner muse. Close your eyes and think of the scene you plan to write. What mood do you want to convey? Try to get in the heads of your characters and envision what they would say and how they would act. Strive to reach a calm moment of clarity.
Once your head is in the right place, open your eyes and unleash your words onto the page.
Check back next Wednesday for another tip to help you stay the course during Write By Midnight.
What was the highlight of your writing sessions for this week? Share your accomplishments with us.