I wanted to give everyone an update on my Write by Midnight experience since I was head down writing like a fiend at the end of February.
This year’s challenge was great for me! I met my goals. I wrote every day, honed my routine and came up with a way of using note cards to spot scenes that didn’t move the story forward—especially after plot tweaks. I wanted to share this plotting/revising technique with you as our first post-WBM pep talk of the year. Continue reading
Did the holidays mess up your writing schedule? If so, then it’s time to re-establish that daily writing habit. Our February Write by Midnight challenge is a great way to get moving on your story again. Starting today, make your writing a priority. It doesn’t matter when you write, whether it’s 5 a.m. or 11:30 at night. The clock is ticking, so put some words on the page by midnight.
It’s not enough to commit to participating in February’s Write by Midnight challenge. Success is more likely if you have a system in place to hold yourself accountable. So spend today figuring out how you’ll do that. Post your Write by Midnight goals here or tweet them using #WriteByMidnight. Maybe try teaming up with a writing partner that you can check in with daily to report your progress. Or, tell someone you see every day about your goals and ask them to keep you honest throughout the month. Identify meaningful rewards for achieving your goals, as well as negative consequences for when you fall short. The key to establishing a habit is consistency, so make that your priority in February.
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.
For those of you who participated in NaNoWriMo, share your experience with us. How did you do? What did you learn and what will you do differently next year?
For those of you who were energized by NaNoWriMo or for those of you who didn’t get to participate this year, join us for WriteByMidnight coming in February.