I have a bad habit of taking an extended break in between writing stages. From pre-writing to drafting, drafting to editing, round one to second edits, etc.
My plan is always to take a week off.
Seven days of no book thinking.
Unfortunately, seven days has a bad habit of turning into seventeen days or, that one time, thirty-seven days.
During my last hiatus I heard the best advice that helped me get back into the writing mood. It worked better than the #amwriting hashtag, which I tried to use as an incentive to get writing because no one likes a liar . . . yeah, it didn’t work. So, you want to know what I heard?
Just two words. NOVEL ENGAGEMENT!
Some of you might have heard this term already, but I’m always behind the times, so it was a first for me. And, man, was it a life saver.
NOVEL ENGAGEMENT: Spend 20 minutes every day on your book
Whatever phase you’re in, devote at least twenty minutes to your novel. Twenty minutes writing. Twenty minutes with Google Earth and your book world. Twenty minutes checking to make sure you really need those adverbs.
Just twenty minutes.
Make the commitment.
What about you? What’s your favorite, and most inspiring, writing advice?