Sticking to a daily writing habit is made more challenging by the fact that our lives are ever-changing. Perhaps you’ve welcomed a new addition to your family, started a new job or experienced some other change to your day-to-day responsibilities that has disrupted that writing schedule that had previously been working for you. As the WriteOwls gear up for our third annual Write-by-Midnight challenge, we invite you to spend the upcoming week re-evaluating your writing needs. Continue reading
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If you found yourself with an extra hour of writing time today, would you use it to write a new scene or edit an old one?
Don’t let the holidays stall your writing. Now is the time to test out new strategies to keep making progress on your manuscript. Try dictating into your phone when you’re away from your computer. Or, keep a notebook in your pocket while you’re shopping to capture brilliant lines before you lose them. Experiment with a few voice-to-text apps for your portable device. If you’re revising, print out a hard copy of one of the scenes you’re working on and keep it with you. Then, if you’re stuck somewhere waiting, you can use that time to edit it. By getting creative, you’ll be able to move your project forward despite your busy schedule.
I’m five days into one of the biggest personal challenges I’ve ever taken on as a writer. Like thousands of other writers across the globe this month, I’m attempting to write a 50,000-word manuscript in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month. To hit the target, I need to write 1,667 words a day. I’ve either met or come close to that goal all but one day. On Nov. 2, I only wrote about 400 words. I’d love to say that life got in the way that day. I had work to do, children to mother and other responsibilities that needed my attention. But the reality of the matter is I spent four hours working on my novel that day. So, what happened to result in such a low output? I got sucked down the research rabbit hole. Continue reading