The final countdown has begun! As I sit here huddled over my desk, the wind howling outside, I realise that there are only a couple of days to InCoWriMo 2016> I thought, seeing as I’m a dead ringer for Charlton Heston (at least from a distance… a very great distance admittedly!) I’d share ten commandments, er, I mean suggestions, for success in our joint writing endeavours over the month ahead. I hope you enjoy them.
- Plan ahead: Why not create a calendar, or maybe make a list of people to whom you’re going to write. It doesn’t have to be for the whole month, maybe try a week at a time, just to keep you on track.
- Create a routine: You’ve a better chance of keeping up with the amount of letters (at least 29) if you have something of a routine. Get up early if you like or be a night owl, whatever works for you.
- Assemble your resources: The good news is that there’s still time to order what you need to be ready whether it be paper, pens, ink, stamps, envelopes, whatever…
- Get comfortable: Writing is great but it can be tiring too, make sure you’re in a place with adequate light, heat, and if you’ve a mind to – chocolate
- Don’t go mad: No need to exhaust yourself trying to write a book every day for a month. Short letters can still be meaningful.
- Keep a notebook: These can be useful for addresses and details of what you wrote to whom etc. It’s also a good excuse to buy a cool notebook. FieldNotes anyone?
- Mix your letters up: Sounds weird huh? No I’m not advocating chaos. The truth is that variety helps keep your writing fresh. so my advice is to write to people you know and those you don’t; write a thank-you letter or a letter to a business who have given good service. Variety is the spice of life after all.
- Rotate your pens (and inks too!): InCoWriMo is a gret opportunity to go nuts with your pen and ink rotation, so go for it!
- Don’t worry: if you aren’t inundated with letters straight away they’ll get there. If they don’t, well write to me and I promise to write back 🙂
- Relax: It’ll soon be March!
Have a great February!