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Deciding to Stop

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

Writing a novel is a long, arduous process. We start with a gleaming idea, perfect in our minds, but in the process of getting that gem onto the page, it twists and contorts and reveals all sorts of defects that we never noticed in the haze of our new-idea ecstasy. When we are grappling with the reality of bringing a manuscript to completion, there are many points along the way when it’s tempting to drop the misshapen project for a dazzling new idea bursting forth from our imaginations. After all, the current idea has so many flaws, but the new one is clearly perfect. Why waste valuable time on a project that isn’t going anywhere? Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 8-5-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Question: Laura once knew a writer who attached a seat belt to his office chair and physically strapped himself in until he met his deadline. Do you have a quirky writing habit?

Insomniacs Anonymous 7-8-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Question: What’s the biggest thing that keeps you from writing—and how do you make time to write anyway?

Keep Your Head in the Game

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

It’s confession time. After the amazing SCBWI Midsouth Revision Retreat, in April, I didn’t write for a month.

“A whole month?” you ask. “But didn’t you say the retreat was inspirational?”

Yes, yes, the retreat was fantastic. The writing lapse is entirely my fault. I got so much good feedback that I wasn’t sure where to start, and instead of picking a place and diving in, I decided to let it rest for a few days. Bad idea. Because then I was out of the habit of writing, and life got in the way. You don’t need the details. Just know that I stayed busy, and I didn’t write. Continue reading

Willpower

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

I look for help with my writing technique in all kinds of books, whether they’re designed for writers or not. One book where I found some really helpful insight is Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Dan Heath and Chip Heath (brothers, in case you’re wondering). I first saw it referenced in a Writers’ Digest article about the discipline of writing, and a month later, my brother gave me a copy. Clearly, I was meant to read it. In the book, the authors discuss research that suggests that willpower is a finite resource. Continue reading