On this last day:
1) If you don't have one already, create a space devoted for your writing.
2) Organize your space. Purge and cleanse the space of everything but your manuscript and notes.
3) Hang your Plot Planner for easy viewing from where you'll do your daily writing.
4) Create a writing ritual for yourself. For instance, every morning at 4:30AM before I begin writing, I make myself a cup of green tea and drink a glass of water. From having done the same ritual everyday for so many years, my body knows immediately up I'm up to and responds in kind.
5) If you're going to write during family time, consider creating some sort of signal so your family members know you're working and honor your time by not interrupting. Isabel Allende lights a candle and as long as the candle burns her family knows not to bother her. A dear friend hangs a sign indicating her "office hours" that day. So long as it's hanging on her writing studio door, her husband knows not to enter. The more seriously you take your writing time, the more seriously your family and friends will honor your writing time, too.
6) Tonight after all the festivities of saying goodbye to '08 and greeting '09, before you fall asleep, see yourself tomorrow going through each step of your ritual and really see yourself writing, for even longer than the length of time you scheduled. Ask the "powers that be" to help support your efforts in the morning and to show you in ways that only the great beyond is able to that you have been heard...
7) Great good luck!!
I hope you'll continue to visit here for inspiration as I unwind from plot consultations and comment on the problems other writers confront in their process and offer tips to keep going.
My intention is and always has been to help support writers to keep at the business of writing.