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What one writer has learned so far about her 2013 daily writing challenge

Are you on a quest to write every day? No matter what your goal, writing or otherwise, periodic check-ins can help ensure you stay on track and maintain enthusiasm for your projects.

Blogger Amanda Martin committed to write daily in 2013. For her daily challenge, Martin is writing posts that cover how her writing ideas develop and how she approaches research. The second part of each post is a new section of her work in progress, a novel. In this post, you’ll find more background about her project.

In Martin’s January 11 post, she shares the side effects of her daily practice.

It’s never too late to start a daily writing routine. Try these tips. (Tweet them)

1. Establish a regular writing time. Morning, noon, or night, you have to figure out what works for your life. I like mornings because I can get some work done before anything else interrupts my schedule. Plus, I have the sentences buzzing in my brain the rest of the day. Nights can be perfect for others because the house is finally quiet. And there’s something to be said for “sleeping on your story.” When I write before bed, I often have an epiphany the moment I lay my head down. Bonus.

2. Share your goal with another writer friend. Some people have been known to create contracts with a friend and e-mail them each day they finish their words. Having an accountability partner can help you if you’re having a stressful day and need a few words of encouragement.

3. Create a ritual. One of my writing buddies has the same routine each day. She gets up early before anyone else in the house is awake, lets her dogs out side, gets a glass of ice water, and sits down at the computer to write for 45 minutes. When the timer goes off, she stops even if she’s in the middle of a sentence. It gives her momentum.

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  1. Thank you very much for mentioning my 365 Challenge! I have just sat down to begin tomorrow’s post. My writing routine has settled into starting the post as soon as the children are in bed, while cooking dinner for me and my husband. I then polish the writing during the evening (with my fingers in my ears if what’s on the tele is more interesting!). If I get it finished by bedtime I schedule it for the next morning (I work a day behind so I always have a slight buffer in case I don’t finish it). If I’ve had to go up to the kids two or three times during the evening I have the next morning to finish my post by my self-imposed 10am deadline. It’s kind of working so far, although some days my mind is blank after 10 hours of tantrums and I don’t really know what I’ve actually written! This is the first time I’ve ever written every day and it’s a very new experience. I think I actually prefer writing just on nursery days (2 days a week) but now I have committed to the challenge I must continue. There’s nothing like announcing something on the web to force you to get on with it…

    January 15, 2013
    • Amanda, I applaud you for taking on such a challenge. This intense writing practice will elevate your writing. I love how you’re doing your challenge: Part one about “how” you go about it and then the next excerpt of the novel. It’s interesting to see your process. I’m cheering for you!

      January 15, 2013
  2. Wow? Every single day? We do the occasional monthly challenge which, already makes my brain explode. 365 is simply epic. Kudos to Amanda.

    January 18, 2013
    • Thanks Mike. Some days it feels crazy but it is slowly becoming a habit, like walking the dog. Which probably means there will be days I write “Claire stayed in bed all day”! Amanda

      January 18, 2013

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