When it comes to your writing and your writing time and the realities of today’s world it is sometimes hard to stick to a schedule. So setup a schedule for your weekly writing goals but also take advantage of free moments and bonus time. And don’t beat yourself up too much if things don’t go to plan. Do your best and progress will be made.
Compromise as needed. 200 words today is something. Maybe your original plan was for 1000. Don’t tear yourself apart. Instead pick yourself up and start anew. Progress, not perfection. You can beat yourself up and lose 3 days spiraling at what you didn’t do today or you can reset and make it a new day and another attempt. Because what is life but one attempt followed by another until success is achieved.
These are the rules I use:
Rule #1 – Show Up! (Butt in chair)
Rule #2 – Have a plan/goal (Then do my best to follow it) Broken into smaller tasks and goals (one strategy I use is the pomodoro technique)
Rule #3 – Have a weekly goal – allows for more flexibility.
Rules #4 – Use a Good/Better/Best style goal structure – example: weekly word count goal = 3000/5000/10000. My plan is to write 5 days with 2 days off. Each day averages out to 600/1000/2000 per day.
Rule #5 – Do the work – outlining your novel doesn’t take an hour. It takes ten hours or more. So be prepared to show up and show up often. Make the time and do the work.
Rule #6 – Be Realistic – The average novel length is between 50000 and 100000 words. If the novel you are writing is going to be approximately 80000 words long and you write about 1000 words an hour you are not going to have it written in ten hours. You need at least 80 hours just to write the first draft and that’s if everything goes to plan. My current writing plan is 45 days to write 90000 words. The problem is I have to write 2 hours everyday for that to happen. I haven’t been writing everyday. The reality of time and my relationship with it is changing. But as I learn, I do better. And I’m learning to be kinder to myself and still get the writing done.
These rules are bringing me closer to success. Harness your time and soar!