You have just one day–just these last few hours–to complete your writing goal of One Hour a Day.
When will that be for you?
Will you join me for one hour right after I post this blog?
I’ll post one more time tomorrow.
But may I just say, even if you write five times with us this last month, good for you. What we do? It’s hard. And you’ve been doing hard things.
Enjoy your last hour on this challenge.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
What is the promise of your novel?
Are you writing forward with that promise in mind?
As you go along, if an idea comes to you about something that should have showed up in earlier pages, write yourself a note–right then and there–describing what should happen. Highlight it. Then keep moving forward. You’ll easily find what you’re looking for later.
Another hint- If you are reading the previous chapter to get you into your novel (which I think is a good idea, because it helps you settle back into this novel’s specific voice) don’t count that time as your hour. Your hour begins when you start new words.
Do you know where this book is headed? By now you should have an idea. If you’re stuck, write scenes. One scene an hour.
What have you learned about your main character?
Who has surprised you most in this writing process–as far as characters? People you’re working with? Living with?
We’re two weeks in. Have you written one hour each day? Do you miss the time if you don’t write? Are you thinking about your novel on off hours?
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.