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Inspire Fellow Writers by Talking About Your Work

Laura Ayo

What’s the one thing you can’t be a writer without?

Imagination. Dedication. A thick skin. Pencils.

The question elicits multiple answers, depending on the person asked and their perspective. For me, there’s one thing above all else that I absolutely can’t live without as a writer: other writers.

While I’ve long known the benefits of having fellow writers in my life, this past weekend I realized just how vital they are to helping me maintain my daily writing routine.

My first day of Write by Midnight was a technical success. I wrote. I got in some words before the stroke of midnight. But I fell short of my desired word count after off-and-on attempts throughout the day. In addition, my efforts produced painful-to-read, utilitarian sentences.

As I drove on Saturday to meet a friend for coffee, I analyzed why I struggled so much the day before. I came up with several explanations. I wasn’t feeling well. I had other things going on Friday that distracted me. I didn’t have a clear picture in my head of what needed to happen in the scene. I had more research to do.

I walked into the coffee house with the excuses floating around in my head, vowing to shake them off and have a better writing session on day two. I drank coffee with my friend, also a writer, and her husband. We chatted about work, kids, travel and, as all writers do when they get together, books and writing. I only met this energetic couple a few months ago, so we’re still getting to know one another. As it turns out, that was an important piece to helping me identify what had been missing on Friday.

When I first met my new coffee buddy at a writing conference in the fall, I was working on a different manuscript than the one I’ve recently started writing. I hadn’t shared my new project with her yet, so I found myself filling her in on the basic premise on Saturday. Having to tell someone who is unfamiliar with your material about what you’re working on rekindles the enthusiasm that led you to write it in the first place. I left the café motivated and itching to get my fingers on the keyboard.

Then, on Sunday, a fellow WriteOwl needed some help with writing struggles of her own. After a few email and text exchanges and a 30-minute phone conversation, not only was she back on track, but I, too, found my words flowing onto the pages. As I fleshed out my protagonist’s plight in a high-stakes action scene, my phone beeped with a grateful text from her:

“I don’t know what I’d do without you guys! I just hope I give as much back as you give.”

I assured her that she does and realized, at that moment, that I needed to set a second goal for myself for Write by Midnight. In addition to writing every day for at least an hour, I also plan to talk to other writers every day this month, even if it’s just via text, blog or tweet. I challenge you to do the same, either here or with the writers I hope you have in your inner circle. Share your successes and your struggles. Talk about your characters, your voice, your plot, your setting. It’s always an energizing, positive, motivating experience that will only make you a better writer.

Ready, Set, Write By Midnight!

If you’re dedicated to making writing your priority, you’ve come to the right place at the right time. Today, the WriteOwls community embarks on its  third annual Write By Midnight journey. Here, you will find support, encouragement and tips from fellow writers who aspire to write every day and reach their writing goals. Continue reading

Gearing Up For Write By Midnight: Set Your Goals and Rewards

With Write By Midnight starting at the end of the week, now is the time to create a game plan for what you want to achieve by the end of February, how you’re going to get there and ways to reward yourself for a job well done. Continue reading

Gearing Up For Write By Midnight: Options For Tracking Your Progress

Write By Midnight 2019 is right around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about how you want to track your goals next month. Do you want to log word counts, tally scenes written or record how much time you spent writing each day? Think about the method that works best for you. Once you’ve decided, download an app to keep track of your progress or feel free to use our printable Write-by-Midnight log.

 

Gearing Up For Write By Midnight: Re-Evaluate Your Writing Needs

Sticking to a daily writing habit is made more challenging by the fact that our lives are ever-changing. Perhaps you’ve welcomed a new addition to your family, started a new job or experienced some other change to your day-to-day responsibilities that has disrupted that writing schedule that had previously been working for you. As the WriteOwls gear up for our third annual Write-by-Midnight challenge, we invite you to spend the upcoming week re-evaluating your writing needs. Continue reading