We thought we would check in with you to see how you’re doing post Write by Midnight. Did the habits you developed in February stick with you? Have you been able to maintain a daily writing routine, or fine-tune your routine to better suit your lifestyle? If so, congratulations! We’d love to hear about your progress and what’s working for you. Continue reading
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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.
This is the last week of Write by Midnight. My record this month hasn’t been perfect, but, despite numerous family obligations and unexpected responsibilities, I have managed to get up early most mornings and write. I really think I’ve established a habit. Hooray!
But an extra thirty minutes a day, while extremely helpful, won’t get my novel polished and published any time soon. So, as the month comes to a close, I’ve been considering ways to maximize my scarce writing time.
One method I’ve been experimenting with is “mental writing” while I’m engaged in other necessary tasks that require my body but not my mind. You know the ones I mean: washing dishes, folding clothes, walking the dog. I often end a writing session with a problem that I must solve in order to continue. Rather than use my precious writing time to stare at my computer screen and try to figure out what I need to write next, I use my mental writing time to work through the problem so that when I sit down at my computer again, I can dedicate the time to actual writing.
The time I spend outside or exercising seems to be the most effective, and there’s a long tradition of writers using long walks to work through narrative issues, but any time I can squeeze in some extra thought about my own story is helpful. As a result, even if I’m not writing for longer stretches, the time I do spend writing is more efficient.
How do you maximize your own writing time?