The holidays are an additional hurdle for many authors trying to stay motivating in their writing (and their word counts). Busy work schedules, travel, afternoons spent shopping and cooking and so much more can make writing seem like the last thing you have the time or energy to do. Midnight Publishing is right there with you—as a group of professionally trained ghostwriters and editors, we know the “pain” of juggling one’s book manuscript with the rest of life’s priorities, many of which demand your attention.
No one is forcing you to write your book, thus self-discipline is of the utmost importance when it comes to working on it, especially during the holidays.
Here are Midnight Publishing’s tried and true tips when it comes to staying motivated with your writing:
We’ve waxed poetic about these in the past, and that’s because they’re just so dang effective! Wordsprints are a joint effort by writers—usually on Twitter—to begin writing at the same time and typically “sprint” for 30 minutes or so, at which point everyone compares their completed word count. Not only is this effective if you’re competitive, but it’s a much easier chunk of time to handle when scheduling your time to write. Two #wordsprints at 500 to 750 words per half hour could mean you’ve got nearly 1,500 words in one hour! Be sure to use the hashtag to find fellow sprinting authors on social media.
2. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
This annual challenge for writers that spans across the globe is a fantastic way to stay motivated to write during the holidays. For the entire month of November, authors and aspiring writers devote the month of November to completing 50,000 words toward a novel. Whether it’s a new manuscript or one you’ve been lagging on, NaNoWriMo is perfect for those who crave a community and want to share their daily word count success with others!
Read Midnight Publishing NaNoWriMo blog post here to learn all you need to know about this inspirational annual event!
3. Wattpad/Fiction Press
Several years ago websites like Wattpad and Fiction Press began cropping up with one goal in mind: to provide fresh written material to new readers everywhere for free. Both Fiction Press and Wattpad encourage interaction among their communities, with writers having the ability to upload “chapters” as they write them if desired. This is a prime way to get reader excitement building before your completed manuscript is ready to be published (don’t scrimp on the editing piece though—Midnight Publishing offers affordable, professional editing services for any need. To be taken seriously as an author, you must at least have your book proofread before publishing). Wattpad and Fiction Press also get you in touch with readers who will crave and ask for more, prompting you to continue writing through the holidays.
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4. Writing Accountability Partners
Similar to working out/exercise buddies, accountability partners for your writing are another great way to stay motivated. Team up with someone else who’s writing or editing a draft of their manuscript, and text or email about daily word counts to keep each other going. Accountability partners are also useful when you are feeling the need to put writing off—text them explaining the situation so that they can remind you of your ultimate goal: a completed book!
5. Write Every Morning
Also similar to a “workout strategy,” if you devote one hour every morning to writing 2,000 words on your manuscript within an hour or two, it’s done! You have the entire day to work, celebrate the holidays, shop or spend time with family, all the while feeling the freedom of already having hit your word count goal for the day. And guess what? Two thousand words for five days a week is 10,000 words a week, which means that in two and a half months you’ll have a completed 100,000 word draft! Now if that isn’t motivation, we don’t know what is.
Now get writing! And when you’re ready, contact Midnight Publishing for any and all of your editing, ghostwriting, proofreading, self-publishing and marketing needs. We are here for you any time—even through the holidays.
From the best editing and self-publishing resource in Phoenix, Arizona…Midnight Publishing wants to wish you a Happy Holidays! Contact us today for a free sample edit of your first 1,000 words!