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Read Smart; Write Better

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

One of my two goals for WBM was to finish writing the rising action of my novel. The other? To avoid reading when I should be writing. If you’ve read past posts, you know I love books. I can’t imagine a writer not. But I think like anyone, especially when you feel stuck, it seems more inviting to get lost in someone else’s words rather than fighting a losing battle against your own. Continue reading

What Happened to My Cold, Laid-Back February?

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

When the WriteOwls first started talking about doing a write-a-thon, we thought February would be the perfect month because there isn’t a lot happening. There’s no more holiday shopping to do or parties to attend. The cold weather invites snuggling up with a hot beverage and a great excuse to make progress on our writing projects. Typically, February is a boring, dreary, laid back, uneventful month. But not this year. At least not for me. Continue reading

A Recipe for a Little Extra Writing Time

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

At our house, we don’t eat many processed foods. My husband is wonderful, and cooks two nights a week, but I still wind up spending way more time in the kitchen than I’d like to, both cooking, and most especially, cleaning up after cooking. (Have you ever noticed how recipes mention prep time and cook time, but never cleanup time? If only I had a house elf *sigh*.) Continue reading

A Rough Beginning and Reassessment

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

Sundays are my planning days. I sit down with my calendar and figure out what I have going on for the rest of the week. I prioritize and plan how I’m going to get it all done. I also look back at what I achieved – or didn’t – the previous week. When I sat down last night, my Write by Midnight progress log was the first thing I reviewed.

I wish I could say I met my daily goals of writing for 30 minutes during my lunch break, but I didn’t. Here’s how the week played out for me: Continue reading

Two Days Until Write by Midnight

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The kickoff for Write by Midnight is only two days away, and some great resources to help you on your journey to success are writing logs and project trackers.

Click here for a printable log designed specifically by the WriteOwls for next month’s challenge.  Or, search for the terms “word count tracker” or “writing progress meter” online for some tech-oriented options. There are a variety of apps available, as well, for writing on the go. Try a few tools until you find the one that works best for you.

If you opt for the WriteOwls printable log, record the time of day you wrote (8 p.m. to 8:52 p.m.), where you wrote (desk, carpool line, coffee shop), your goal for that day (300 words, revise a scene, finish outline), your progress toward that goal (wrote 208 words, revised one sentence of a scene, outlined chapter one), and any notes about what did or didn’t work during the writing session.

By using this worksheet, you’ll hopefully see how well you’re incorporating writing into your daily routine, as well as patterns of productivity. You might be surprised how much you get written in the carpool lane or how little you get done at 10 p.m.—or vice versa. Experimenting with writing times and locations can help you discover how writing fits most naturally and effectively into your life.

Go ahead and download the form now, and write out your goal for Feb. 1. Then, at the end of your writing session the first day, assess where you are in your project and set a goal for Feb. 2.

When you complete the Write by Midnight challenge with a regular and sustainable writing schedule, not only will the month of February have been a success, but you’ll be ready to maintain that success into March, April, May and onward.