December 15th, 2009
Exclusive TAC Quote of the Week
Teen Author Challenge
It’s that time of year. With the various holidays, year-end chaos at work, finals for those still in school… this is crunch time, baby.
But there are ways to continue making progress even when things are super crazy. Here are just a few of them.
1) Write in bits and bites
This doesn’t necessarily mean writing while eating (though it can!), it means trying to write a little here and a little there as time allows. Many of us can’t allot large chunks of time right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t write at all. Try setting a goal of writing as much as you can for 20 minutes or 45 minutes or whatever you can manage. It doesn’t work for everyone, but you may be surprised at what you accomplish.
2) Brainstorm at odd times
I know. There are lots of odd times this time of year. What I mean is, use those times when you’re just being idle to doing something productive for your story. I keep a notebook with me in my purse so when I’m stuck in the long checkout lines at stores, I can jot down ideas for the story I’m working on. I’ve come up with some neat twists and a couple of zingy one-liners when the only other thing I could’ve been doing is wondering why they didn’t have more people manning the cash registers. I think that was time well spent.
3) Give yourself a break
If this time of year wears you down like it does most people, cut yourself some slack. That doesn’t mean giving yourself permission to slack off, but do be kind to yourself and do your best. This hectic period will come to an end, just like it always does, and you can get back to your normal routines. In the meantime, pat yourself on the back for the progress you do make whether it’s new pages or new ideas. It’s all good.
Buzz Tip of the Week
I love this post from agent Jessica Faust on what an agent really does. As the title of the post indicates, they do a lot more than just sell books. A good agent is worth his or her weight in gold AND chocolate. And that’s sayin’ something.
Your Weekly Challenge
How did you do on your writing last week? Comment below with your weekly results from last Tuesday through today so we can cheer your progress!
Go forth and be creative!
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