In a way, I’m lucky. My day job doesn’t come home with me. I go in, I deal with people, and I go home. It’s not something that I can bring home, nor is it something that I have to really schedule (lucky me, my day is scheduled for me). So articles about how to “work smarter, not harder” are ones I read with an eye towards my second job – writing.
What brought this up? I’ve been thinking a lot about writing lately. I belong to several writers groups, and all of them feature folks who write faster than me. I don’t write fast. A good day for me is about 2k and it generally takes me all day. I’m not someone who is going to be regularly pulling a Lowell (10k in a day) or more. I don’t win NaNo on Day 3. And sometimes, watching these word counts, I feel (a) jealous; (b) like a fake; (c) like I should be doing more; (d) a total failure.
Now, before everyone rushes in to tell me it’s okay, trust me, I know. I’m not a failure. I’ve got a full series published. I can finish stories. I know I’m not a fake, and that everyone writes at their own speed. But it also got me to looking at HOW I write, and what I can do to maximize the writing time I have.
I confess, I’m an internet junkie. I love to have a writing chat room up while I write, and I’m constantly checking Facebook (I fell off the Twitter wagon when I didn’t have an Android phone for a year, and still haven’t really gotten back into it). I’ll write with the TV in the background. I’m a true multitasker – which really isn’t good. (Case in point – while writing this blog post, I’m eating breakfast.) And I’m sure it affects my writing.
One of the things I recently read (and of course, now I can’t find the link, oh well) was talking about scheduling rather than making a to-do list. I don’t do this, because I am terrible at estimating how much time something will take me. Seriously. So what do you do when you’re me and terrible at something? PRACTICE!
Starting tomorrow (because I will be out all day today, hence the blog post while writing breakfast before I run out the door), I’m going to start scheduling my time, and then seeing how close I came to it. I expect the first few weeks to be hysterically inaccurate, but that’s okay. That’s how I learn.
How do YOU maximize your writing/crafting time? Any hints?
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