29 September 2013

Still Time to Achieve Your 2013 Writing Goal

You intended to finish your novel, memoir, screenplay this year. Well-bruised from prior failures, this year's writing resolution was timid - simply finish. Perhaps you really stretched this year and made the audacious goal of writing and submitting your screenplay by year's end.

You still hold out hope you'll succeed, though as each day passes with little or no progress, your energy flags.

A resolution is a course of action which means that way back in January 2013, you must have also included in your yearly writing resolution a specific writing regime to follow. No? Without specific daily action, what you thought was a resolution, was instead an intention to write or a goal to write.

Intentions and goals, though worthy, are the results, the end toward which effort is directed. Intentions and goals define the outcome.

Forget the outcome for now. You know what you want. To finish your story. I want you to finish, too. What you write doesn't have to be perfect or brilliant or swell. In fact, the sloppier the better. Forget your goals and quit making intentions. For the next two months, simply focus on writing everyday.

Why do I care? You'll enjoy the process of writing far more without the stress and temptation to beat yourself and your writing up and slow yourself down.

I want you with me throughout December to re-vision the story you finish between now and December 1st during  PLOTWRIMO .

For now focus on writing daily. Spend your time doing what you want -- writing. See a path to writing everyday you can. Write fast. Life spins a bit faster in anticipation of year's end. Fall is the time to write fast.

Need help knowing what to write everyday? 

1) The more prompts from  The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing you integrate daily, the quicker you reach The End of your novel, memoir, screenplay. One prompt a day, you'll finish your story in 120 days. Four prompts a day, you'll be done in a month.

2) Join me from the comfort of your own home for my live PLOT WORKSHOP Webinar hosted by Writers Digest on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 1p.m. ET.

Learn more and sign up: How to Pre-Plot and Complete a Novel or Memoir in a Month: The Benefits of Writing a Fast Draft from Beginning to End.


Take the PLOTWRIMO Pre-Challenge:

You have 2 Months and 2 weeks to get a draft written in time for PlotWriMo. Beginning December 1st, follow the exercises on the Plot Whisperer blog to re"vision" and redefine the plot arc of your story. PlotWriMo is custom designed to ensure your success even during the busiest time of the year.
Begin 2014 ready for a powerful rewrite.

More resources to support you in your pre-challenge:
1) Plot your story step-by-step with the help of
The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories

2) Read The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
named BEST BOOKS FOR WRITERS by Poets&Writers. The author provides insight on how to create works of fiction with powerful stories and focuses on how to devise a Universal Plot, plot lines and subplots, compelling scenes, and character transformation.
3) Refer to The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing
for writing prompts for scene #1 to the very The End, one prompt at a time.

4) Watch the Plot Series: How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay? on YouTube. Scroll down on the left of this post for a directory of all the steps to the series. 27-step tutorial on Youtube

5) Watch the Monday Morning Plot Book Group Series on YouTube. Scroll down on the right of this post for a directory the book examples and plot elements discussed.

For more tips about how to use plot and the Universal Story in your novel, memoir or screenplay, visit:
Plot Whisperer on Pinterest 

***** Knowing what to write where in a story with a plot reinforces daily writing practice and allows for more productivity in your writing. Whether writing a first draft or revising, if you falter wondering what comes next in a story with a plot, follow the prompts in The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing.

Today, I write.