Finish Your Novel Weekend!

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The finish line is in sight! Will your novel be ready by the So You Think You Can Write contest deadline of 4:59 p.m. EST, Monday, September 21st, 2015? Harlequin Community is here to help you on this last leg of your writing marathon! (If you need any help entering your manuscript, you can read this blog post for all the details!)

It’s Finish Your Novel Weekend! Join your fellow writers on this thread over on Harlequin Community and share your writing journey!

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On Saturday and Sunday, follow this schedule:

9:00 a.m. EST Today’s Goal

Whenever you have to accomplish a task, it’s good to have a goal. But it’s got to be specific, and you have a better chance of success if you share it. What are you going to get done today? Is it a certain number of words, pages, or chapters?  Maybe you have edits to finish, a last page to write, or you just want to get the %*@5#! book done! Share your goal and you’re one step closer to the finish line!

10:00 a.m. EST 1000-Word Sprint

Write 1000 words in an hour. Go! Check in with us in an hour and let us know how you did!

12:00 p.m. EST 15 Minutes On, 10 Minutes Off

Scheduling short bursts of focused effort offset with breaks can sometimes increase productivity. If you find yourself lol’ing at cat gifs instead of completing that crucial black moment in your romance novel, you might want to try this method: Set a timer for 15 minutes and work solidly until the timer goes off. Break for 10 minutes – and make it a real break. Get away from your desk, have a snack, do yoga, or watch that Idris Elba James Bond trailer. Repeat 3 times. Let us know how you did!

2:00 p.m. EST Go Outside!

Sometimes a change of scenery and a bit of exercise is all you need to get your focus back. Take a walk around the block and notice your surroundings. (Book ideas don’t just come from other books. Maybe you’ll bump into your next romance hero!) Take a picture of your neighbourhood and share!

 4:00 p.m. EST 1000-Word Sprint

Write 1000 words in an hour. Go! Check in with us in an hour and let us know how you did!

 5:00 p.m. EST Scene-ery

Got a favourite scene that showcases your sparkly fiction-writing talents? Share it with the group! But not too much – save some surprises for your winning manuscript! 😉

 6:00 p.m. EST Today’s Goal: Celebrate!

You’re so much closer to the finish line than you were before! How did you do? Share your success and celebrate!

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