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Write By Midnight Pep Talk 10-29-2018

If you’ve been keeping up with the daily writing habits you established during the 2018 Write by Midnight challenge, consider putting your skills to the test in the coming months as you prep for 2019’s WBM session in February. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when writers from across the globe pound out a 50,000-word manuscript in 30 days. Joining them is one way you can take your writing to the next level, or get back into the swing of things if you’ve let your day-to-day writing falter. If NaNoWriMo isn’t up your alley, push yourself to write for a longer period of time each day, or to put more words on the page than you’ve previously been logging. However you decide to keep the words flowing, share your thoughts and strategies with us. Hearing from you encourages us to stay the course, as well.

Make Your Deadlines

Megan Norris Jones

My writing background is in journalism, and every good journalist learns how to write under deadline. You have a story due. You report it. You write it. You turn it in. You repeat. Because your editor is counting on you. And because it really is going to be published with your name on it, so it had better be good.

But even though I know how to write on deadline, I have difficulty moving my fiction forward at the same efficient pace of my nonfiction because (1) there is no editor waiting on it, and (2) I have no assurance it will ever be published anyway.

So how can I simulate the efficiency-producing deadlines of journalism in my fiction writing? Through a combination of written deadlines and external accountability. Continue reading

Finishing a Novel One Step at a Time

Laura Ayo

I had the privilege of meeting Newbery winner Linda Sue Park when she visited my daughter’s school last month. In preparation for her visit, I re-read “A Long Walk to Water.” The novel is based on the true story of Salva Dut, one of thousands of Sudanese “Lost Boys” who were separated from their families during the country’s civil war in 1985 and traveled on foot for hundreds of desolate miles to reach a refugee camp in Ethiopia. In the story, Salva’s uncle motivates his nephew to keep putting one foot in front of the other by breaking up the daunting trek into smaller, manageable parts. Continue reading

Write by Midnight Boost 2-28-19

Today is the last day of the 2018 Write by Midnight challenge. How did you do? Share your successes and challenges with us, and let us know what worked and what didn’t.

It takes months to cement a new habit, so keep the momentum going in March. Look at your schedule for the upcoming month. Note any changes to your calendar and tweak your writing routine to accommodate them. Now is the time to establish your goals for the next month. Remember, challenging, but realistic goals work best in the long term.

We’ll resume our regular posts in March, but the last Friday of every month will be devoted to Write by Midnight pep talks to keep you motivated and on track with your writing throughout the year.

Embracing Simplicity: How learning to slow down has aided my writing

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Minimal. (At least I’ll attempt to be. It’s a complicated subject.)

Since the last Write By Midnight, I have slowly been embracing what it means to live a slow, simple and minimalist lifestyle. I mean to truly live it for my own personal health (be it physical or mental), for the sake of my family and for the sake of my writing. Continue reading