It can be hard to focus on your work when there are other things screaming for your attention. One way to increase productivity is to put yourself into a writing bubble. Tell your family, coworkers and friends that you’re writing now and want to focus on your work. Let them know they can have your attention when you’re done. Put your phone in another room and disconnect from the internet. If stray sounds distract you from your writing, try using a white noise maker or playing background music. Sometimes, noise-canceling ear plugs are the better way to go. If you respect your own writing time, others will do the same, and you’ll be that much closer to getting published.
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Write by Midnight, our annual challenge to help you establish a daily writing habit, starts Feb. 1. That’s this Thursday. Now is the time to get your plan ready, your space ready and your head ready.
Start by re-reading your work in progress. Assess what you already have on the page and what you still need to accomplish. Make a plan for what you want to achieve over the month. Break it down into reasonable daily and weekly writing goals. Then put those goals in writing and post them somewhere you will see them every morning.
Next, turn your attention to the place you plan to write. Grab a trash can and recycling bin and clear the space of clutter. Stock up on any supplies you might need: pencils, printer paper, highlighters, sticky notes, notebooks and index cards. Download that new writing program you’ve been wanting to incorporate into your routine and learn how to use it now so you don’t waste precious time revisiting the tutorial. Figure out how you want to track your progress and have those tools at the ready. (Feel free to use our printable writing log, which you can download here.) Making your space free of distraction will help you focus on reaching your writing goals.
Once your space is ready, get your head in the game. Remind yourself of the things you love about your story. Talk about your project and goals with an enthusiastic supporter. Set yourself up for success by remembering that you are a writer. Say it out loud and often.
Now that 2018 is under way, it’s time to gear up for our second annual write-a-thon. The Write by Midnight challenge encourages you to make daily writing a priority. Throughout the month of February, we will offer suggestions, prompts and encouragement aimed at helping you get something written every day by midnight. Writing each day helps you establish a writing habit that you will be able to carry forward into the rest of the year.
Starting Feb. 1, visit us here or follow @WriteOwls #WriteByMidnight on Twitter as we share insights and our personal stories of how we’re meeting our daily goals. We’ll also offer tips for boosting your productivity and other helpful resources to help you stay the course.
If you participated in last year’s Write by Midnight challenge, we encourage you to push yourself even further this year. Perhaps you are already in the habit of writing 300 words a day. If so, try to add to your daily word count during this year’s challenge. If you currently write for 30 minutes a day, could you up that to 45 minutes or even an hour? If you’re revising, double how many scenes you revise in the same time period.
If you’re new to this blog, we would encourage you to read through the old Write by Midnight posts to catch up on everything you missed. You can do that by searching under the Write By Midnight category on the right side of your screen.
Between now and Feb. 1, think about what goals you want to reach by the end of February. Put those goals in writing now so you can refer back to them throughout the month. Make them ambitious, but realistic. Now is the time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish and how to do it. Study your daily schedule, looking for minutes here and there that you can dedicate to extra writing time. Check back here next Monday for more tips on how to prepare for Write by Midnight. We look forward to sharing this journey with you.