It’s hard to believe 2021 marks our 5th year of hosting the Write by Midnight daily writing challenge. This year’s write-a-thon starts a week from today! For those of you new to our blog, we challenge ourselves and our readers to commit to writing every day – by midnight – in the month of February. Are you up to the task? Spend this week preparing so you’re ready to hit the ground writing on Feb. 1. Links to past blog posts, writing prompts, tips, a goal-tracking log and inspiration can be found on our Write by Midnight page. 2020 wasn’t the year we expected it to be, but now that we’ve adapted, let Write by Midnight be the springboard you need to get back into the habit of writing every day.
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Stepping away from writing a manuscript for a little while doesn’t have to be a bad thing for a writer. Using the time to read other people’s work, particularly new releases, can not only keep you up-to-date on publishing trends in your genre, but also inspire you and help you take a mental break from your own prose. Reading about your craft can also help you fine-tune your skills and more critically analyze your own work. So if you find yourself with writer’s block or have other obligations that take you away from your project, don’t forget to read. It’s never time wasted for a writer.
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.
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.