So, as you know, I put myself on a Strict Writing Schedule in an attempt to get some structure in my writing life. I’m on Day Three of trying it out… and honestly, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Though I don’t always start as early as I originally intended, I’m still getting in the hours that I’ve promised myself.
On Monday, while getting into the swing of things, I wrote 5,117 words. My method of getting the things that I dread out of the way first is really paying off, because it paves the way for me to be creative for the rest of the day.
Yesterday, even though I got a late start, I wrote 5,826 words.
Wow… it’s shocking right? I’m getting more words in than I thought possible, and it’s all because I’ve put myself into a time frame so that I can effectively work on everything that I need to work on, as opposed to getting lost and confused trying to do 20 things at once. I know that most writers end up having a million and one projects on their plate in any given moment. A schedule like this can really help you to sort things out. Better still, I’ve gotten two chapters of my novel edited and ready to actually allow people to read! As something I’ve been avoiding like the plague since November of last year… this is pretty amazing!
Today, even though I woke up late, I have already completely my 2,000 words a day goal, and am still writing strong.
I wanted to let you guys in on a little tip – the stuff that I dread in the morning? The stuff that I literally HAVE to get done? It’s some commissions, and I do exactly 1,000 words a day on them. By the end of the week, I will have 5,000 words to turn in to each of the people who commissions the stories. I get through the words in a blink and don’t have to worry about it. I really do suggest that if you have something you dread, you get it out of the way first. It’s cleansing, and it makes you feel like you’re fresh and rejuvenated when you can finally turn to your personal writing. Leaving yourself with a cloud of dread hanging over your head may seem like a good idea at the time (procrastinators unite tomorrow!), but it really is simply some bad mojo. Get it out of the way, get it done. You’ll thank me later!
So, yeah. The new schedule is coming along wonderfully. I’ll give you another update on Friday, along with some featured commentary from you all! Other than that, I have a review coming up soon for the novel Doon! I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all!
How is your writing going? How are your schedules? Anything that you’d like to see me blog about? Feedback, comments, witty conversation… all of it is appreciated!
Until next time, keep reading and writing!
Author Amanda McCormick (Follow me HERE on Twitter for updates and conversation throughout the day!)