Progressing Nowhere...that's the way I felt last week surrounded by all the writing related tasks I have to do. So many wonderful things to work on, I didn't know where to begin. I started making a list. Not only do I have to send out more query letters on a completed novel, but there are two novels needing revision along with several short stories. I've even put off creating new crafts because there was just too much to do. I was going nowhere fast. Something had to be done.
I chewed on my pencil eraser. Hmmm. What about those good old lesson plans from my teaching days? Sure, filling those things out each week was a pain, but they kept me on track and productive. A modified plan might work.
This weekend I wrote a simple writing schedule for the next five weeks. On the white board on my office wall, I wrote out the days of the week across the top. Under each day I listed one task that had to be done that morning. Period. No procrastination. I concentrated only on the mornings, two hours minimum. Afternoons would be considered recess if I did my work.
- Monday - revision of an MG mystery with special points that needed attention
- Tuesday - revision of the YA from a list of my critique group's suggestions. (Love that group!)
- Wednesday- short stories only.
- Thursday- new project development
- Friday- anything from M-Th
I revised the first six chapters and before I knew it, lunch time had arrived. The pressure of worrying about other writing tasks was off my mind and I could enjoy working on this one novel. I came away relaxed, smiling, and not one bit exhausted mentally or physically.
I don't know how long this schedule will last, but right now, it's working and I'm no longer progressing nowhere. It's recess now and I'm blogging, nice reward for a job well done.
Do you need a schedule/lesson plans to keep you on task? Or are you, like other writers I know, so motivated and eager to write each day, you know exactly what to do and sit down and do it?