At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, the WriteOwls agreed to write at the same time during the week so that we didn’t feel so isolated. We kept one another motivated and accountable by texting at the beginning and end of each session. We were surprised how productive we were during that time. So this month, we recommend you try a similar strategy. After you come up with your writing schedule for November, find a partner or group to help you stay accountable. Share your schedules so that each person knows when the other is supposed to be writing. Then, message each other with a reminder that it’s time to get to work. After the writing session is over, let each other know how you did. If you’re really ambitious, agree to exchange your work at the end of each week. Let us know if this strategy helped you meet your writing goals for the month.
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It’s been six months since our 2020 Write by Midnight challenge concluded. Chances are your writing goals have changed since February, maybe even more than they normally would by this time of year as the world navigates life amid a global pandemic. Now is a good time to evaluate your progress, update what you want to accomplish and set new benchmarks to help you reach your revamped goals. As always, keep them realistic, but don’t be afraid to push the envelope. Remember to build accountability into your writing schedule. Tell a partner, a writing friend or the Twitterverse what you plan to achieve in the next six months, and share it with us here, as well.
If you’re finding it difficult to maintain your daily writing habit in this time of enforced family togetherness, take some time each day for 15, 10 or even just 5 minutes to do a writing sprint. Don’t worry about making the prose beautiful; simply get words on the page. Then, before you go to bed, no matter what time that is, jot down how you did and what your writing goal is for the next day.