This week, in preparation for Write by Midnight, you’ve been setting your writing goals for February. What goals have you developed so far?
Last week, in preparation for the upcoming Write by Midnight write-a-thon, you tracked how you spent your time each day. Hopefully, the time you invested in logging those minutes will pay off this week for the next challenge we now have for you.
First, analyze your findings. Did you discover that you spent more time than you thought on certain tasks? Did you gain some insight into how much – or little – time you’re working towards your writing goals? Are there ways you can steal a little extra writing time?
Next, define what you want to accomplish during Write by Midnight. Be specific about your writing goals. Do you hope to get in the habit of writing 500 words a day or writing for an hour each day? Do you want to complete a scene each day? Or, do you hope to have a first draft of your novel completed by the end of the month?
Once you have identified your writing goals, refer to your time log and figure out how you’ll use the time you have to meet those goals. Perhaps in logging your time, you discovered you have 50 minutes spread throughout your day that you’re not fully taking advantage of. Time yourself to see how many words you can cram into a minute. If your goal is to write 500 words a day, you can reach your goal in those 50 minutes by writing 10 words per minute. Even if you only have time to write for 10 minutes here and five minutes there, you’re likely to meet or surpass your goal once you figure out your game plan. So spend the upcoming week doing just that so you’ll be ready for success when Write by Midnight starts on Feb. 1.
Looking up the spelling for interjections and exclamations, those sounds people make that aren’t really words, takes me far more time than it should. It’s strange that, though I recognize expressions like ew, pee-ew and pfffffffffft in stories and cartoons and know what they mean, I have a horrible time remembering how to spell them. Since my spell-checker usually doesn’t know, either, I wind up wasting precious time looking up the spelling on the net. Or worst case, have to spend time fixing a drawing or painting where I misspelled some hand lettered sound-effect.
This week, in preparation for Write by Midnight, you’ve been keeping track of the time it takes to perform your daily activities. In reviewing your log so far, when do you get the most writing done? Where? What are your biggest time wasters?