Burning That Midnight Candle

You’ve heard of writers who stay up half the night (or the entire night) writing in a fevered state. Their minds are working so fast their fingers can’t keep up with them.

You’ve also heard of writers who write for fifteen minutes, then jump up and do something else for thirty minutes before sitting back down to write for another fifteen minutes.

I find myself somewhere in between these two scenarios. When I sit down to write, I can pump out thousands of words, utterly forgetting about time. (The longest I’ve written for in one sitting is about twelve hours. I’ll admit I forgot to eat.) I can also sit and stare at my computer screen watching the seconds tick by.

There’s a ton of advice on the Internet about how to write. Many pros state you should work on your novel every day. Be it a hundred words or a couple thousand, working on your novel every day keeps it progressing forward. That way you’ll have a novel draft finished in a month to several months.

Sometimes I struggle with this advice. Not only am I working on getting a novel published, I have a job, I exercise, and I write this blog (add in Twitter and Facebook and you’ve got a party). Bottom line: it can be difficult to squeeze in working on my novel every single day.

But many famous writers – Garth Nix and Nicholas Sparks are two examples – started out with day jobs and found the time to write. The key is organizing your day. If you’re serious about writing, make it a priority. If you can’t possibly write every single day, then select certain days that will be dedicated to your novel.

The important part is keeping the momentum flowing. Writing an entire novel isn’t easy, which is why many say to work on it every day.

The payoff to keep chugging along? Holding that finished manuscript in your hands.

Do you write every day or can you go for months without writing and then haul it into high gear for a few weeks?

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