Tag Archives: Write by Midnight

Write By Midnight Boost 2-15-19

What was the highlight of your writing sessions for this week? Share your accomplishments with us.

Write By Midnight Tip 2-13-19

You’re almost halfway through our Write By Midnight challenge, so now is a good time to evaluate your progress and adjust your goals for the rest of the month.

After that, try this tip to get more words on the page today.

Get a timer, set it for 15 or 30 minutes – take your pick – and write until time is up. Then, reset the timer for the same amount of time and walk away from your project. Spend that time doing anything other than writing. When time’s up, reset the timer for another 15 or 30 minutes and go back to writing. Repeat this process for as long as you can.

Check back next Wednesday for another tip to help you stay the course during Write By Midnight.

A Good Goal Makes Me a Better Writer

Megan Norris Jones

The beauty of Write by Midnight is that it allows each of us to set our own goals for the month of February. The only requirement is to write every day by midnight. Writing every day this month will be a challenge in itself, since I have some traveling to do, but I wanted to set a more specific goal for this month-long focus. I’m currently revising a manuscript that I’ve been working on for longer than I like to think about, but Scrivener politely reminds me every time I open it by popping up a “Document created on” date. I’m not going to tell you when it was. It’s embarrassing. And it’s time I finished this puppy up.

I was three-quarters of the way through this revision at the end of January, but Act III needed a complete rewrite. I already had about 6,000 words in Act III, but I anticipated needing closer to 20,000 to finish it. That meant I needed to write another 14,000 words to complete this draft. February has 28 days, which meant I needed to write about 500 words a day, 3,500 words a week. That’s doable, but a stretch for me. I usually only get in two to three solid writing sessions a week, with other days just fifteen minutes or so between activities to keep my head in the story. Continue reading

Write By Midnight Boost 2-8-19

What did you discover about yourself as a writer this week? Share your insights with us.

Write By Midnight Tip 2-6-2019

Today, let music inspire you as you write.

  • Find a single song that matches the mood or tone of the scene you plan to write today. Then, set that song to play on a loop for the duration of your writing session.
  • Do lyrics distract you from finding your own words to put on the page? While you write, listen to instrumental pieces, a song in a language you don’t understand, sounds from nature, or simply white noise.
  • If you simply cannot write with music in the background, cue up a song that motivates you and listen to it before you sit down to write.

Check back next Wednesday for another tip to help you stay the course during Write By Midnight.