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.