How to make a plan for writing your novel by focusing on not writing your novel.
Posts Tagged ‘writing regimens’
Writers are full of tricks to get themselves to actually WRITE. We’ve covered a lot of them here on FWR: positive reinforcement (with tools like Written? Kitten!, which rewards you with photos of cute cats), fear (with apps like Write or Die, which plays annoying noises—or deletes your work!—if you stop writing), and flat-out [...]
So maybe you didn’t into MacDowell this year, or Bread Loaf, or [insert highly desired writer's conference, residency, or program here]. You’ve got two options:
Sit and mope.
Make your own.
Two fiction teachers from Boston’s Grub Street, Adam Stumacher and Jenn De Leon, describe how they decided to craft their own “writing fellowship”—and managed to write [...]
I know few writers who need another reason for another cup of coffee. But if you need more convincing, how about your health?
The reasoning isn’t yet understood, but it’s possible that coffee has health benefits beyond the mental satisfaction of finishing that chapter. This week, the New York Times Wellness blog cited researchers at the [...]
I think deep down, every writer believes that there’s some magic formula for inspiration. Get the right time of day, the right location, the right kind of pen, even the right sitting or lying position, and bing! Writing Happens. But for some writers, food is part of the magic formula. One [...]
Maybe it’s just the time of year—has anyone ever finished a project during the holiday season? Ever? In the history of time? But I’ve been doing some quality procrastination lately. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
On Monday, we talked about Mark Frauenfelder’s suggestion that being creative outside [...]
If you’re not a geek (and I use that term as a positive term), you may not know who Mark Frauenfelder is. But you need not be a geek to learn from his recent post on LifeHacker. Frauenfelder is editor of DIY-geek-tech MAKE Magazine, and two of his tips on accomplishing more in the day [...]
So November is halfway over–you’re half done writing your novel for NaNaoWriMo, right?
Whether you’re doing NaNoWriMo or not, there are always those days–or weeks, or months, or, let’s face it, years–when you just feel like you Cannot. Write. Anything. I don’t claim these are foolproof solutions, but here are my own personal tips to [...]
Write Place, Write Time offers a peek into different writers’ workspaces. Above, the writing spot of novelist Heidi Durrow.
Here’s the ridiculously cool workspace of writer Alan Heathcock (seriously, I can’t believe this exists–read the whole post; I promise it’s worth it):
My writing studio is a 1967 Roadrunner travel trailer that for most [...]
Writer, teacher, administrator, and mom Stephanie Vanderslice explains why she decided to spend a week at the Dairy Hollow Writer’s Colony, and how the space, time, and setting helped her finish another draft of her novel.