If you’re a writer than you probably know November is National Write a Novel In a Month. While I don’t necessary official participate, I do enjoy hearing how other writers prepare for this. This past week I’ve read Lynn Viehl’s Way of the Cheetah – How to Boost Your Productively. She offers this as free resource during this prep time (at http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/ )
One of the first sections is motivation. The cheetah’s hunts because he has to survive – as Ms. Viehl points out there are no cheetah Burger King.
So why do I write?
Because I enjoy it. I have other ways for making money to pay my bills – so survival isn’t my driving force. And this offers a conflict in her number one principal – give writing 100% of my focus. In the past I have wrote when I ‘felt’ like it or could squeeze it into my day. If I’m going to move to a fulltime write, I need to change this mind set.
How do I make writing my number one focus?
Since many writers will spend November making this their focus by altering their schedule for ultimate output, I’ve decide to become a more active member of the event.
My kick-off writing schedule:
5am – 9 am Blog/breakfast/taking dog for a walk/house upkeep- Since I’m not a plotter I plan on using this time as a ‘mental brainstorming’ period. What better to take my mind off moping than planning a steamy love scene 😉
9 am – 3 pm New writing (small breaks of no more than 10 minutes with ½ for lunch – this is the longest block of time I’ve ever tried to do any SINGLE activity)
3 pm – 3:30 pm Social networking, e-mails
7:00 pm – 10 pm Edits/new writing/working out plot hiccups
My daily goal to start out with is about 6k new words a day. Now I have no idea if this writing schedule will work, like I said I’ve never done a major time block for writing.
Do you do writing spurts or large blocks? How do you keep your focus in during the marathon? Or how do you refocus after each spurt?