Day 9: Mapping Out Writing Time: Persistence and a readergirlz Writing Contest

Sometimes, it’s hard to keep moving toward a goal.

You’re not feeling well.

There are too many things on the To-Do List.

The house is a mess.

The family needs attention.

You don’t know how to say, “No,” when asked to volunteer in yet another role at your kids’ school.

People ask when your book is going to get published and wonder why it’s taking so long.

Did I mention the house is a mess?

Yet, you keep going on. Because it’s what you want. It’s soaked into your bones, your very being.

You find slips of time and keep writing. And writing. And writing.

Despite the doubt. Despite the naysayers. Despite everything.

Be persistent. It will get you to your goal. Need another nudge? Just listen to Ray Bradbury.

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: What does your protagonist need to accomplish? What is the motivation and hold back? What is there to gain? to lose? Write a scene where your MC needs to demonstrate persistence at all costs. Does he/she succeed or fail? Let your protagonist suffer. Lots of conflict and emotion are needed here!

Want a writing prompt tied with a contest? If you’re under 25, enter the readergirlz writing contest by September 25th. The winning work will be posted on readergirlz author-in-residence Beth Kephart‘s blog. The winner will also receive a signed copy of UNDERCOVER by Beth Kephart– a beautiful, beautiful book. What are you waiting for? Write away!

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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