Hide. Seriously. Find a spot
in the house where you won’t be located, sniffed out, or hollered too. I’ve even
written in the backseat of my garage-parked car during NFL playoffs.
Give yourself incentives. At
the end of every page, I treat myself to some M&Ms (see also my post-holiday
weight gain which may have started prior to said holidays-
Wear comfy clothes. A
power writing session is no time for control top panty hose. Plus, they just
make me crabby. (And yes, I’ve noticed the direct connection between the M&M
incentive to my need for an elastic waist band- but I’m no Carrie Bradshaw
Turn off your iPhone. I know.
It’s hard. Like leaving your puppy outside in the rain. But take a few deep yoga
breaths or a handful of M&Ms, put it down and walk away slowly. You must or
it will bark at you the entire time you need to focus.
Spend your non-writing time
formulating a plan if you don’t already have a chapter outline. So what if
you’re at the copier mumbling potential dialogue under your breath? That’s
called multi-tasking. Now if you were wearing a tin foil hat to keep the aliens
from talking back to you…that would be a WHOLE other story.
As the legend that is Kenny
Rogers sang: you have to know when to hold’em and know when to fold’em. If the
writing muse has gone off in a sulk, let her go. She’ll be back for when she’s
hungry. Patience wins the day as does gratuitous candy
Give yourself permission to
write terribly. Really. Stink up the page. No one’s going to judge you.
Certainly not that blank white page. I mean- what has it ever done but tried to
torment writers through the ages? Well don’t let it. Don’t forget. You have a
Whatever you do- don’t look
back. Just keep writing until you’ve hit that word count goal. As Scarlett
O’Hara, the greatest Romance heroine of all time once said, “Tomorrow is another
day.” And that day is revision.
Keep a notepad handy at all
times… even by your bed. It’s amazing how the most tightly knotted plot issue
will completely unravel when you aren’t trying to fix it, or the craziest dream
will be the seed from which sprouts your next novel; it worked for Stephenie
Meyer (You might have heard of a little thing called the Twilight saga…)
Drum roll… It’s just as
important to stop as it is to start. The wind might be in your sails, the muse
singing in your ears, your supped up laptop cruising along at sixty words a
minute… but hit the brakes! You’re out of gas and are running on a sugar-fueled
adrenalin rush. You just won’t know it until you wake-up with your face pressed
to your keyboard, the letters S, D, F, and G branded into your cheek. Not a good
look. And what’s more. You’ll have to do it all over again. So remember to rest
when you’ve hit that goal. You earned it. And learn from Scarlett. Tomorrow is
I hope you enjoyed my tips on power writing. What are yours? I
would love to hear them. Enter them in the comments section of this post and
check back here on Friday where I will announce the winner and request mailing
information. Happy power writing!!