Thursday, February 16, 2012

A new writing experiment

I'm at a writing standstill. I have broken my bond of the reading and blogging standstills. Though I am two for three, I want to be three for three. I have a friend Joe, who recently started his first draft of his first novel. We typically meet on Saturdays and write from anywhere between two to four hours. It's a fantastic release and beginning of my weekends. But life got busy for both of us and we haven't met for the last three weeks. We knew this would happen.

We did not count on the fact that both of our drafts would come to a screeching halt. It's not even writer's block. It's everything else and honestly when I'm tired, my writing is garbage. So what would be the point?

The point? The point is I miss my characters. Joe and My fix? For the last two nights we set the time (seven to eight) and write for an hour. I text him to say "Go!" and he texts me at the end to see how it went. The first night I did a lot of re-reading to get re-acquainted with my characters again. I got a page done of writing too. Second night - some revising and another half page.

What I like about this is, it's not taxing on my schedule and it makes me do it. I am someone who needs a buddy. Hello - My name is Michelle. Would you like to be my buddy in something?

So if you are at a wall, too busy, or want to try a different writing process, I suggest this one.

What you need:

  • an hour of time 
  • a buddy 
  • your writing space and zone
Easy enough!

Do you have a writing process that's quick and easy? Let me know!


  1. I LOVE this idea. I have a writing buddy and we try to each spend a few minutes at least once a day/night writing. It helps me stay in the groove and keeps me from losing the "magic" so to speak. : ) I am glad it's working for you, Michelle!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  2. I have to say I love the idea. I found the similar help while doing Nanowrimo. An online friend and I both did it together, and having each other to get the other motivated to keep going, and to just sit in the chair for the time we were writing was great. We are now going through the reading phase, and then hitting the re-writes when we get done reading. lol. It seems like a long process for us with family/work/and blah blah happening, but it's nice to have that other person with you. Best of luck to you!

  3. I meet with a few writer friends once a week to write. I get so much more done with there are other writers there to hold me accountable. :)