A New Routine?

I seem to have settled into a workable routine about 4 days out of the week. I get up, have coffee, read for half an hour, and then settle in at the computer. Usually, I get at least two productive hours, maybe three. Then I have something to eat, do chores and run errands. Usually later in the afternoon (around three) I wander back in to check e-mail, edit, and so on.

Most Mondays I manage an appointment with writing friend Brandy. After about an hour of catching up on the SFF world (what was the latest Twitter outrage? What’s new on File 770?) we usually manage about an hour and a half of real writing.

My problem, if is is a problem, is that I use those morning hours on my column, reviews, or leaving comments on the reviews of others, instead of writing my own words. Even worse, I frequently squander them completely by shamelessly, aimlessly blog-hopping when I should be working. (Shouldn’t that really be an afternoon activity?)

That two to three hour stretch is a vein of gold and I should be mining it.

But I know myself, and as soon as I lock myself in, I’ll start to procrastinate. I am fully capable of watching two hours of Charmed episodes on TNT (oh, yes, I can) rather than buckle down and work.  So maybe I’d do better with a word count.

Maybe I’ll try a weekly count based on an average over five days. That could certainly work. NaNoWriMo calculates roughly 1570 words a day, in a 30 day month, for a 50,000 word work. I would not have to commit to 1500 words a day (times five) but it’s an easy number. Let’s see, that’s… 7500 a week?

I could do that.


And I could start this… in March. Seriously, I will be gone all next week (although it’s entirely possibly I will do some writing.) When I return we are going straight into a landscaping project. So I feel fine about saying I’m going to start this march 1.

Wish me luck!

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3 Responses to A New Routine?

  1. I have a goal of 500 words a day. It’s a good number, because if I do sit down to write, I always reach it. Even if I’m distracted, I get to 250 and then tell myself “just 250 more to go!” Then on the good days, I go 2,500, and I’m thrilled because it’s five times my goal!

  2. Marion says:

    Annabelle, that is such a positive idea. I like it!

  3. Brandy says:

    Ha! Your writing routine! Which I asked you about just as we ended our latest session, and here you had already written a column about it! Clearly I’ve fallen behind. (Yes, I am still up at half past midnight and … blog-hopping, what d’you know. Oops.)

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