Megan Norris Jones
As an optimist, I assume the best about my writing. Of course I’m writing (almost) every day. Of course my manuscript is coming along beautifully. I’ll be finished in a couple of months.
When I completed WriteOwls’ Write by Midnight in February, the most useful tool in the whole month was the daily writing log. And it’s because I’m an optimist.
When I actually recorded my daily writing progress, I could no longer simply assume the best. If I didn’t write one day, that day had a big blank line beside it. And that objective record forced me to be realistic instead of just optimistic about my writing. Continue reading
For those of you who enjoyed our Write by Midnight writing log, we have tweaked it to be more generic so you can use it for any project you undertake. Click here to access it. We hope it will help you track your progress and stick to the habits you established last month.
Yesterday marked the last day of the 2017 Write by Midnight challenge. Our goal was to help you develop a sustainable daily writing habit as we worked to do the same. We hope your efforts were productive and that you made progress on your writing projects.
We plan to make this an annual write-a-thon. With that in mind, we’d love to hear from you about how this challenge helped you become a better writer. Share with us, please, your triumphs and frustrations. What worked for you and where did you fall short? What changes will you make going forward that will help you meet your continued goals? Your feedback will help us structure an even better Write by Midnight in 2018.
Until then, we encourage you to keep up with your efforts to write every day. We’ll check in with you from time to time to see how you’re doing and to give you the boost you may need to keep working towards a completed manuscript.
Today is the last day of February and, as a result, also the last day of Write by Midnight. My schedule is full today – more so than usual. But in the 30 minutes I had between the time my children walked out the door for school and the time I had to leave to get to my first appointment, I wrote. It was hasty, raw and unedited words on a page, but I made writing a priority this morning. I wanted to finish strong.
No matter what you have going on today, find time to write. I did, and I’m confident the good mood it put me in will carry me throughout the rest of my chaotic day. Now it’s your turn to do the same.
We’re entering the final week to the Write by Midnight challenge. By now, you should have a good idea of what’s working for you and what isn’t.
Don’t fret about what isn’t working. Instead, focus this week on the ways you’ve been able to be successful and replicate those strategies as best you can. Let the light at the end of the tunnel illuminate your path to creating a daily writing habit and reaching your goals.
Now is the time to give it your all. Make every last one of these days count. Write with the knowledge that you’re almost done.
Next week, we’ll be asking you to share your journey with us. We can’t wait to hear what you have to tell us.