I know you hear it from fellow writers that you should write every day. So you probably know that you should.
If I can do it, you can too
As a startup business owner, freelance technical writer, roller derby player, business mentor, etc. I have a hard time eeking out the minutes to write every day, but I do it anyway. Sure I lose some sleep, but we get better at something through practice, constructive feedback, and change. And my goal is to be a better creative writer.
Find a writing deadline
Even while in the depths of planning the first big writer’s event for Plot Duckies, I’m currently working on a novel re-write, a new ebook, and I joined a flash fiction writer’s challenge by NYC Midnight. By having a deadline, it pushes me to make sure I get the writing done.
It also helps if I consider myself my own client. How many times have you finished a project for your boss or a client? How many projects have you finished for yourself? So, just like a boss or client, give yourself a valid deadline and stick to it. Then give yourself a reward if it gets done.
Finding other Writing Options and Deadlines
If you are looking for a deadline and way to get your writing reviewed there will be a submission and review period as part of any of upcoming Plot Duckies events.
Or, if you are looking for different types of writing opportunities, I highly suggest signing up for C. Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers newsletter. You can get the free version with some super helpful writing contests and more, or you can go for the $15/year subscription that shares a lot more.
About NYC Midnight’s Challenge
The challenge is “a competition that challenges writers around the world to create short stories (1,000 words max.) based on genre, location, and object assignments.”
If you missed signing up for this one, their next challenge will be the Short Screenplay Challenge.
If you’d like to read my flash fiction submission for the challenge (under 1,000 words) that was written within 48 hours – it will be in the next blog post “Alexandria and The Egg“-that I’ll share on August 5. My assignment was: Genre: Fairy Tale, Object: Crystal Ball, Location: Barn. I’ll tell you now, it’s pretty rough, but in order to become better writers, we have to start sharing and getting feedback.
Get out there and get input
And that’s another thing. Share your writing and be willing to hear feedback. let’s all grow as writers. Feel free to leave comments for any feedback you have for my story!
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