You may remember that last week, I instituted a new rule for myself – writing before blogging. And it worked for the most part…I made good forward progress on my WIPs and still got my blog posts done for the week. It’s not sustainable long term for me though, mainly because it just added more stress to my evenings, and didn’t take advantage of the little bits of downtime I normally have even on busy days at work. It also forced my writing time into my TV time, which means my writing didn’t get the full attention it deserves, and I ended up with less quality than I would have liked. I also couldn’t bring myself to put the serial novel chapter off – because it’s for immediate readers, and I feel a sense of responsibility to get it out on time each week.
So while it’s certainly the way things *should* be, it’s not really the way they work best for me. Yeah, in a perfect world, I’d be happy to play the tortured artist, giving up outside entertainment (ie, TV) for my “art”. It’s not a perfect world though, and I’m not giving up TV. I also really need to get back to working out, and I couldn’t do that last week with the whole “writing before blogging” rule if I wanted to fit both in.
So, new experiment this week. Blog posts must be done before 9pm, or they don’t get done (with the exception of my serial novel – that gets done regardless). That will give me an hour to workout, and still leave my writing time from 10:30pm to midnight (when it’s quiet and I can focus). My writing time will be split 1/2 hour for new words on HOT, 1 hr for revisions to HPC. And the biggest rule – Twitter must be turned off completely during writing time. I can post my goal when I start, and check in after I’m done, but no check-in breaks between. I’ve gotten really bad about that lately.
As for the rest of my goals – I didn’t make my word counts every day, but the revision course lesson this week was particularly helpful, so I was doing my “homework” instead. Personal goals were mostly “misses”, but I reorganized and scheduled my workload to dial the pressure down, which helped.
– 800 words or 1/2 scene revised daily for HPC (plus revision course work)
– 500 new words for HOT
– Chapter 11 of Indelibly Inked
– At least 3 workouts this week
– Menu plan (why is this so hard?)
– Updates to web site (add files, links, etc)
– Finish and send guest blog post
That’s it for me – what’s on your plate this week? Any accomplishments to celebrate from last week? Read any good books lately?