|Let There Be Cake - Maria A Smith|
I made a plan last week, top priority being health and relaxation, I'm pleased to report, I looked after myself. Lots of walking, water therapy, and my first Pilates session. Not too hard, although I was eating those words the following day.
This is how it went writing wise. I made the schedule, planned in the time, and cracked on with it! I set my 'bar' in hours, rather than word count as I wanted to get an idea of how long it would take me to do all the writerly things I wanted to achieve during the week. Eight hours wasn't enough, in total I did just over eleven hours, and I didn't complete the list. I'm not upset, I feel its been a good first week, and I've learned a few things along the way.
The Novel - Because I'm dealing with a rewrite, its very difficult to gauge it by word count, although I do need to keep a tally. Also, if I'm to finish by my deadline, I need to make it my priority. Instead of doing other stuff. However, I know me, I'm the sort of writer who performs better with a variety of stuff going on. Put simply, I'm the multitasking type, I like variety. It inspires me, and sparks my creativity, but I need to get the balance right. I'll be working on that one this coming week.
2. Scrivener - I dived in head first, and have made progress in learning the basics.
3. Accountability - I mentioned, my writing buddy last week, but failed to introduce him. How remiss of me, so let me do it now. My accountability partner is Wayne Kelly, he blogs over at Kelly's Eye and you can find him on Twitter here, under the guise of @MrKelly2u where he tweets regularly.
4. Other Writerly Stuff - Mostly everything else got done, except subbing two pieces of writing, which I'm racked off about, as I scheduled the time. However, instead of staying on plan, I ended up turning a 100 word flash piece into a short story of 1200 words! Good to have another short story written, BUT, it wasn't in the plan this week. I'll try harder not to deviate.
The writers group was fun, lots of good stories, and some really useful critique. Afterwards, our Subs Club met, and we discussed progress and plans for the next month. Everyone is so positive and focused. I feel so lucky to be part of something so good.
I blogged midweek, but didn't use my own images, although I have today (I'm honing the camera habit) and also took part in another good session of #writingchat too, so looking at the big picture, I've had a really good week. Much better than I thought I'd do, and I'm motivated to go forward.
The week ahead...
Mindful of the past week, I need to work on less projects.
1. Phoenix Writing Group Challenge - I'll be going to the group on Saturday, so I'll need do the 150 word challenge beforehand if possible, and not on the morning of the meeting, which I've done before.
2. #writingchat - Wednesday on Twitter at 8pm - 9pm GMT, feel free to join in with other writers, talking about the craft.
3. Blog - A mid-week post.
4. Novel Rewrite - Some good feedback on Saturday on my last chapter, means a few more edits before I move on.
5. Flash - Almost forgot, going to try my hand at a comedy flash piece.
I'm going to commit to writing EVERYDAY, (I managed it last week) but at least four sessions must be on the novel. As for how long I spend, or how many words I get down, I'll keep a note as I'm still very much settling in with the new schedule, and expect I'll have to work at it, to get the best fit for my lifestyle.
Regarding everything else, I'll maintain my fitness programme, work on getting to bed before 11pm a couple of nights, and aim to relax with some reading.
How did your week go? Was it as productive as you hoped? How do you plan your week? Pen and paper 'To Do List?' Spreadsheets? Or is it all in your head? Whatever you're planning, make it a good week.