Day 17 / Tuesday = 73 Days Left in the Challenge
Time to expose and remove weaknesses in your writing method.
Time to get real. Take a hard look. Be honest.
Today, we’re looking at weaknesses in our writing process.
Last Week: Process Week
This Week: Implementation Week
Monday – Exploring the Process of Others
Tuesday – Weaknesses in Your Process – This is today’s post.
Wednesday – Strengths in Your Process
Thursday – Building A Better Process
Weekend 3 – Implementing Your New Process
Writing during a writing challenge requires more than “just” writing, it requires careful consideration of the many aspects of process and method. The who, what, when, where, why, and how of writing. There’s a reason some writers achieve their goals during a writing challenge and others do not. Often, it has to do with a writer’s awareness of their approach toward writing.Writers who analyze their writing process and adapt for efficiency #write more. #85K90 Click To Tweet
Last week on the 85K Writing Challenge, we took careful notes on the before, during, and after of our writing process, bringing it all together for a weekend analysis of what works and what doesn’t work.
This week, building on yesterday’s blog post, we’re trying new things by adopting the writing practice of others to see if there’s an approach we previously hadn’t tried, but now must consider. For instance, during our first week of the challenge, I scheduled an 85K Coffee Break field trip on January 6 to visit the #5amwritersclub hashtag. Was it easy to wake up at 5 a.m. to write for an hour with a group of writers on Twitter? No, certainly not. But a curious thing happened: I got a lot done. And when I had to stop writing at 6:15 to wake my family up for work and school, I stopped writing mid-scene. Practically, mid-sentence. And I learned that a 5 a.m. writing session goes a long way toward setting up the writing for later in the day. It was easy to pick up where I left off after my early morning writing sprint before the sun came up. Have I done it again? Yes, twice. And I’ve scheduled it into my week now. Because it works. But I wouldn’t have known it works if I hadn’t tried.Does the thought of waking up an hour early to write make you grumble? Try it. Results may surprise you! #85K90 #5amwritersclub Click To Tweet
This week, in pursuit of our goal to write 85,000 words by March 31, we advance our study of method and move toward implementing the most effective writing process we can. Today, our focus is on weaknesses.
Name one thing you’d like to change about your writing habits.
Wish you outlined more?
Wish you pantsed more?
Wish you had better story ideas? Character arcs? Tension? Plot?
Wish you had more time to write? Longer writing sessions? More frequent writing sessions?
Wish you had someone to write with?
Wish you had a critique partner?
Wish you knew more about grammar?
Wish you wrote with better clarity or elevated prose style?
Wish you knew more writers in your genre?
Wish you read more?
Wish you typed faster?
Wish you knew how to use Manu, Scrivner, FocusWriter, etc.?
What are your weaknessed? In what areas of your writing life can you improve?
Do you write with a lack of depth?
Do you rely on the passive voice?
Do you tell more than you show?
Are your characters flat?
Do you make excuses not to write?
Do you talk negatively to yourself about your writing? Feel jealous of others’ success?
For members of the 85K Writing Challenge, there’s a Mini Challenge posted in the members-only Forum. Go to: Forum > Write > Mini Challenge. Not a member of this site? Sign up here. There’s no cost, and membership unlocks full access to this site and our community.
ASSIGNMENTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE 85K WRITING CHALLENGE:
1. Write. Today’s word count challenge? Complete an entire chapter – start to finish. Then write two pages into the next chapter, stopping before you’re finished. If you accept this challenge, indicate your acceptance by telling the #85K90 tribe:I accept the #85K90 daily #writingchallenge: I will write an entire chapter, then write two pages into the next before stopping. Click To Tweet
2. Write at a time that is not comfortable to you. Choose one day this week to wake up early (or stay up late, whichever the case may be) to write one page of your novel. If you accept this challenge, tell the tribe:.#85K90 daily #writingchallenge accepted. I will choose a day this week to either wake up early or stay up late to write. Click To Tweet
3. Building on yesterday’s blog post, try writing like someone else today. Write faster than you typically write. Edit less. Write at a coffee shop. Skip TV to write. Whatever you typically don’t do, do today. Examine how it makes you feel. Evaluate your productivity. Integrate a new writing practice into your weekly writing routine.
4. Visit the Mini Challenge in the members-only Forum for a special assignment based on today’s discussion. Go to: “Forum > Write > Mini Challenge.” (Note, this is a members-only Forum. If you’re not signed up for this website, you’ll have to do that first.)
5. Yesterday was a Monday Word Count Report day. If you haven’t done so already, report the number of words written over the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Report even if your word count is zero. Monday and Friday Word Count Reports are essential for accountability during a writing challenge. Similar to having a workout or writing buddy. Report using our members-only Forum. Go to: “Forum > Write > Monday Word Count Reports” and then report under the January 16 date. (Note, this is a members-only Forum. If you’re not signed up for this website, you’ll have to do that first.)Join me on the #85K90 Writing Challenge. We report word count totals every Monday and Friday in our Member Forum. Click To Tweet