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Get Ready to Write

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.

On to the Rest of the Year

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

I’m one of those people who continually says, “If I could just get organized.” Over the years, it’s become my mantra. When I say it, my husband simply smiles. (Kind of like I smile when he comes home from a round of golf and says, “I finally figured out what’s wrong with my swing.”)

But a side benefit of doing the Write by Midnight challenge is that I have been more organized this month. I came up with a realistic writing schedule—one that I think I can actually maintain. Continue reading

Write by Midnight Challenge No. 4



This is the last week in January, and you only have seven days left to prepare for February’s Write by Midnight challenge. Over the last three weeks, you’ve set your goals and come up with a realistic writing schedule to help you meet them.

Now it’s time to share your goals. Telling someone else what you hope to achieve in February can give you an added sense of responsibility and help you rise to the challenge. Tell a friend or loved one about your goals. Post them here in the comments section. Tweet them using the hashtag #WriteByMidnight.

We also recommend writing down your goals and placing copies, along with your schedule, where you’ll see them every day. Put encouraging notes on your bathroom mirror, your computer, the refrigerator or your TV remote.

It might also help to tidy up your writing nook over the next week. For many, a clean work space is a motivating work space. And if it’s already tidy, you’ll have one less procrastination excuse when it’s time to get to work.

Finally, don’t forget your supplies. Sharpen pencils and stock up on pens and notebooks if you like to write by hand. Create a new folder in your computer files for the challenge. If you’re revising or hoping to make headway on a work-in-progress, gather together what you’ve already written so it’s available to you in one place when you need it. If you’re revisiting a shelved project, re-read your work so it’s fresh in your mind.

We’re in the final countdown, so let’s make the most of it.