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Challenge Met

Challenge Met

Woohoo. As of July 25th, I met my goal of writing 25,000 words in July for Camp NaNoWrimo. I might be the most surprised myself that I exceeded my goal of 800 words a day, getting in about 1,200 on my writing days, because I did miss 4 days during the earlier part of the month.
I’ve already been asked several times:

 How did you find the time to write?

How did you work writing into your schedule?

Well… I had a plan and I put it on my schedule. Everyday.

I plan to write 800 words in 2-3 20 minute pomodoros a day. My phone reminds me at 8:32 pm if I haven’t logged a pomodoro or a daily word count for the day. Some days I can get it in early. Some days I may be up until midnight writing.  Some days, I admit I don’t get it in at all.

Excuses look just like excuses. My feet hurt. My trainer pushed me so hard I plan to not move all weekend and throw my writing schedule off for 5 days. I’ve got to clean the house for company coming over. I really have to see the newest movie this weekend. (Pacific Rim was great by the way. As was Despicable Me 2 and Monsters Univ).

Although that looks like I live at our local movie theater, I did have to make sacrifices to make time for writing (and going out and so on.)

TV

I only watch shows I really love. (Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, Castle, Sherlock, Top Gear. I usually catch up on Supernatural in marathons but it’s one of the few things I watch in reruns.)
I used to get sucked into Big Bang Theory reruns every night. Id look up and it would be 10pm. I finally had to sit back and be honest that I’d already seen all the episodes and this was a conscious form of procrastination.)
This was a huge advantage in my writing schedule for this July Challenge. Because none of those shows were on. Top Gear just started again, but I’ve been watching it in reruns because Monday nights are always busy for me.

Twitter, Facebook, and Email

I used to be a Twitter junkie. The kind that needs a 12 step program just to close the browser window. I had to give it up. I check in with it a few times a month now, but I have to limit myself or I spiral out of control.

Similar but not as bad with Facebook. I don’t even enjoy Facebook all that much but I would have it open all the time, and because it was open, I’d check it. A lot of my courses have their own Groups and then I have personal Groups as well. I spend way more time in those than I do on the open platform. I now limit myself to quick check-ins once an hour, and longer participation one time a day.

Blasted Email- If you aren’t my friend on Facebook, then you can friend me so you can see my rants on email. I’ve been battling email subscriptions and backlogs of email for weeks. I set a goal to unsubscribe from five email subscriptions a day. After a few weeks of that I realized I needed to corral the number of new subscriptions. I wasn’t helping people I knew by signing up and then never opening their newsletters. If I didn’t read it, I unsubscribed. I am nowhere near a master at email. The only trick I have that works right now is that I close my email and I do not open it while I am writing. If I need to email a question or something writing related, I willWriteOMeter do it from my phone so I can skip my inbox.

Pomodoros

I use an Android App called WriteOMeter to do my Pomodoros. My phone is set up to remind me at night if I haven’t logged any writing time or word counts. It also shows me an encouraging graph of the progress I’ve logged. I really like this app. It works well all in all, but it does have one glitch (at least on my Galaxy SIII), if you log 350 words during your 20 minute pomodoro, it automatically adds you previous days word count to your current days words. I just click ok and it opens to the daily screen where I can input the correct number.

I get really overwhelmed when I look at all the words/chapters/files, I have for such a large project. So I tend to try to think of everything in bite size pieces rather than as a whole while I’m working.

Overall

I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is that writing is like going to the gym. You can say you want to a lot but if you aren’t committed to and have the want-to bad enough, you don’t make it a priority. I didn’t for a long time and that’s definitely a reason I’ve gone this far without a finished draft.

Hopefully productivity will continue and I will have a finished or nearly finished first draft by August 15th.

I’d love for you to share your writing productivity tips or posts with me.

 

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