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How I've been managing to write a chapter a week on my Storybird book

 •  Filed under Writing, Writers, How To, Storybird

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I started a book on Storybird last year, a murder mystery set in Florida called Even in Dreamland. The book languished for several weeks at the end of the year, but now I’ve hit a rhythm with it. Since the new year started, I’ve been publishing a chapter a week. We’re all different – above all, follow your own path in writing – but here are the habits or ideas that have helped me write regularly in the new year.

Write a few words each day

One of the things working really well for me is that I focus on writing a small amount every day. I try for about 200-300 words a day. This takes me anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.

It’s a very small amount of time to spend writing, and even if I don’t feel it, I remind myself – it’s such a tiny amount of writing!

Live with the story and characters when not writing

Though I’m only writing a small amount each day, I spend a lot of time thinking about the story. Over coffee or lunch, I daydream about:

  • what happened in the 300 words I wrote that morning
  • what the characters are like
  • what they must being feeling as they go through the story

Basically, I give space for the story in my imagination throughout the day.

Draft in front of a live audience

I can’t say enough about the rush I get from writing this book on Storybird. As soon as I post a chapter, someone is leaving a heart or comment. I’ve always got a couple readers saying how much they like the story, and occasionally someone will say something in a comment that affects how I see the story as well.

Like a musician or singer riffing off the vibe from a live audience, my writing is carried along on the feel of the crowd around me. I don’t worry about getting the story perfect. That’s what re-writing is for. I’m literally drafting the story in front a live audience.

It’s both encouraging and exhilarating, and I highly recommend writing this way.

From Picture Books: Something for everyone on Storybird Today's guest educator post was written by Karen Czajkowski, a high school English...

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​From Picture Books: Something for everyone on Storybird

Today’s guest educator post was written by Karen Czajkowski, a high school English department chair and teacher in New York. Karen has used Storybird for several years with students and her young daughters, and has led workshops on how to use Storybird in the classroom.

I love what Guinevere and Molly are doing with the Storybird blog. So many interesting posts like this one.