I think I explained a few weeks ago that I only want to spend 15 minutes working on the Monday post. That includes editing myself. I said that, right? Before I even started today I knew what I would write. So this is going to be easier than me looking at blank screen (like last week), sighing, and wondering why I’m a blog writer.
Guess what time of the summer it is? Marathon time!
We haven’t had a writing marathon at all this year, have we? And it was our goal to have one every quarter when we began this blog 100 years ago. So a Summer Writing Marathon. You know how this works. We’ll tell the days. (I don’t know yet.) And the length. (One day? Three days? Five?) You set you goal of words you expect to write. (I always way overshoot. Always.) And then we get together at some point to eat and read a page from our WIP.
We’ll let you know all the ins and outs by Friday.
PS– It’s way easier to write when you know what to write. That’s been part of my problem as of late. What can I say here you haven’t already heard? Or how can I say anything in a new way?
So how do you always know what to write when you’re working on a project? I’ve heard a couple of ideas and I’m going to make up a few, too.
1. Stop in the middle of a sentence.
2. Stop in the middle of an exciting scene.
3. Leave yourself so interested you WANT to keep going, but don’t let yourself.
4. Leave yourself a note saying what will happen next (a NOTE. Not the whole scene.)
5. Stop at a cliff hanger.
6. Put your character into a terrible situation.
7. Or a romantic kissy situation.
8. Or put the murder weapon in her hand.
I’m saying the same thing over and over. Keep the book interesting so you want to come back to it!