Did you get your goal number of words for last week?
Did you write everyday?
Have you five hours writing logged?
Is your goal where you can see it?
Hint: Do not stare into the sun during the eclipse. Damage can occur in moments.
Another hint: Do not sing Total Eclipse of the Heart. CORNY!
(Now I will have to sing that dumb song. I will change the words to Turn around blind eyes in case one of you looks at the eclipse today.)
Today was a little bit harder than yesterday. I didn’t get writing as soon as I would have liked to, and then family was here. I do have a super cute baby living in my house.
Hint: stick to the schedule you set up for yourself. Perhaps you will be able to make this writing time for the next 30 or so days into a real habit.
Hint: write the title of this book you’re working on a 3 x 5 card. Use block letters. Post this title where you can see it every time you sit down to work on your book.
Carol Lynch Williams
If I see this every single time I sit down to work, I can imagine this middle grade novel coming to life, being printed, and finding its way into the hands of little girls.
Do this with you WIP.
August 15 is now just a few days away.
Are you ready for our August challenge? (If you are wondering what we’re talking about, go to August 1, 2017 and see Ann Dee’s post.)
Here are some things to help you and your family get ready for your one hour a day.
- Decide on a time. You may want a trial run. Is 6 am better for you or 10 pm? Practicing will help you know what is best for you and your family.
- Make your place, for this one hour, sacred and private. Time for you and your words.
- Alert everyone for the next several days that you WILL be writing at this time and you’ll need this time, alone, to complete this challenge. IF you can write with children at your feet, more power to you. Just remember you are working toward 60 minutes of straight writing.
- If you are writing a book that needs lots of research, do that now. Perhaps, as you experiment with what hours are best, you can look up the price of chicken in 1929 (the same price as in 1969), which Apollo launch caught fire and killed the astronauts (Apollo 1), or how far Tampa is from New Smyrna (just over 2 hours down I-4). Get the pre-work done so you can follow Ann Dee’s rule of writing a solid one hour.
- Set a goal for how many words you’d like to write in that one hour. Anyone can sit in a chair and look at an blank computer screen and put down a word a minute. But you want to end up with a good number of words on the page. 500 words? 1000? 2000?
- Do some brainstorming now. What is your story about it 25 words or less? What does your main character want? How do you keep that from happening? What are five subplots for your book? What is the climax? How do you expect this book to end? Knowing little things (not all the important details but having ideas) will help you succeed.
- Jot your ideas down and post where you can see them.
- Tangerine oil is supposed to help your creativity. I’m thinking of purchasing some and putting it in the diffuser I bought months ago and have never used.
- Bring your snacks with you and don’t get up to go get more.
- Write scenes instead of writing chronologically.
So those are a few helps. We’ll have a few more before next Tuesday.
What if we also watched this movie as a final reward?
Also, I won’t go see this but I really want to because RYAN REYNOLD’S!!!!!!
(for those of you with sensitive ears [like me] don’t watch with the sound on as there are lots of swears. This is a rated R trailer. I listened to them for you. Mostly I just wanted to see Ryan Reynold’s face. It is cute.)
The process of writing a novel:
What is the best part?
The hardest part?
The most trying part?
what do you hope to accomplish? Be reasonable and think through this answer.
Change, though I mostly hate it, is good.
Especially if we change who we are into someone better. You just quit smoking? Excellent change! You’ve read a self-help book and now love who you are, even a little bit more than yesterday? Keep going, you’re on the right track! You’re picking up your wet towels so the roaches can’t rest under them? Woot woot! BIG change!
Change is good in our books, too.
I once read a novel that was supposed to be The Next Big Thing. The main character wanted something, and she went out and got it.
The problem was what she wanted. It wasn’t something we shoot for if we want to be happy people. And that’s okay. All characters don’t have to be like me. But this girl, she never really changed going after her weird goal or when she got what she wanted. She was static. Stagnate. Boring.
The book flopped because there was no character growth. No moral struggle. No putting herself at risk and overcoming because of her choices.
How does your character change?
Is this significant? Is it enough?
Did you character get there in a way where she was stretching and growing and becoming new somehow?
Was she at odds with herself, morally, to make these changes?
If you were going to hide gold, where would you put it?
I have to admit, I love gold.
And our writing, when done well, is as shiny as gold.
That’s my goal: to write as well as possible.
Your writing prompt today is reading.
Read this great article, and maybe even buy the book.
I love William Zinsser. I’ve never read this book, but I know I would love what he says here, as I believe these ten hints are genius.
PS Check out the links below the article for more things to read before you write today.