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Write by Midnight Pep Talk 1-27-20

Write by Midnight 2020 starts Saturday! Last week, you set your goals for the month. This week, it’s time to get organized and fired up about writing. To chart your success throughout February, be sure to download our printable writing log here or use any progress-tracking app of your choosing.

New this year, we’re introducing a fun twist  – Write by Midnight Bingo – with a book give-away at the end.

Here’s how it works:

1. Follow @WriteOwls on Twitter and subscribe to this blog (on the right side of your screen) for a daily shot of Write by Midnight tips and encouragement.

2. Download your Write By Midnight Bingo card here. It’s filled with prompts to inspire you to stay on track during the write-a-thon. When you complete a prompt, mark that spot on your card. You can do them in any order you choose. However, if you need a push to stay the course, we’ll have three ways for you to receive a prompt from the card each day: Twitter, the WriteOwls blog, or by subscribing to our blog to get a prompt emailed to your inbox.

3. When you complete five spaces in a full row (diagonal counts), tweet a picture of your card to @WriteOwls and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to receive a copy of a writing craft book we will reveal later in the month. Be sure to include #WriteByMidnight2020 with each tweet to be eligible. You can be entered up to 12 times if you complete the entire card. That’s 12 chances to win a book each of the Write Owls find full of practical and inspiring advice about writing for young readers.

4. All entries will be due by midnight EST on Saturday, Feb. 29. One winner will be drawn from all eligible entries and announced here and via Twitter on Monday, March 9.

We hope this year’s Write by Midnight challenge will help you re-energize your daily writing habits, and we look forward to hearing from you throughout 2020 as you keep reaching your goals.

Seek Out the Solitary Spaces

Laura Ayo

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

Practical Prompt 5-13-19

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.

Write By Midnight Boost 2-22-19

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.

Write By Midnight Tip 2-20-19

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.