So about that New Year's resolution...you know, the one to write more and write better. It's now February and I can't say I've noticed much change - at least not in the former (one lives in hope for the latter). Every year, I make a writing plan which, as I said to Lynn, is really more of a wishlist. But I really hope that's all about to change. You see, I've discovered a few things.
1.) If I unplug my phone, I get a lot done.
2.) If I forget about FB except for early morning or late evening, I get a lot done.
3.) If I can group my errands instead of haring out of the house every day, I get even more done.
More than all of that, however, I've decided to get more disciplined about the whole thing. You see, I read a couple of blog posts by different authors, both of whom recommended writing 1,000 wds an hour. When I first read that I thought, oh, that's okay then, I'm already doing that and then the rest of my brain caught up and I realized it was per hour, not per DAY. That's impossible I wanted to scream but instead I investigated more and came across this post by science fiction and fantasy author, Rachel Aaron. It really hit home. Of course! I need to become more business-like. Track my writing hours for a couple months so I can really see when I am at my most productive and what the factors are. Do some pre-writing before each writing session, particularly when I'm having difficulty with a scene.
I've made up a table and the first thing I've discovered is that answering the phone is a big problem. On days when I've taken calls that lasted twenty or thirty minutes, I get so pulled away from wherever I am in the plot that another thirty minutes of puttering goes by before I can settle back down to write. So I'm making little changes.
Today I had a business meeting which took two hours and then after that it was time to begin homeschooling sessions so I only got in 683 wds. Abysmal! But there's always tomorrow!