This might seem obvious – but make sure you get a block of time allocated in your day’s schedule for your main writing period. (I say main writing period, because you can ‘top up’ with strategies like the Furious 500 and the Nifty 350 as mentioned in yesterday’s post.)
As well as making sure you’ve got a block of time allocated, try and make sure that block is located in the writing periods of the day that work for you.
I like to schedule my main writing to start once the kids have gone to school. So at about 9.15 AM Monday to Friday I sit down at my writing computer, fire up Scrivener, turn off the internet, cue up my writing music in iTunes and start writing.
As well as making sure you’ve got a block of writing time scheduled, I’d advise making your main writing block as early in the day as possible.
I can tell you from experience that if you schedule it for night time it’s much, much easier to get derailed by unexpected events or fatigue.
There’s Another Benefit Too…
If you schedule your main writing block early in your working day, and stick to it then you’ll start to develop a habit.
That makes it easier to sit down on the second day of writing. And the third day. And the tenth day. And so on.
I read author interviews with all sorts of writers – just about every successful author I can think of who has multiple books out there has some kind of ‘writing habit.’ They either write a certain amount of words a day. Or for certain hours.
Like every habit, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
So EbookWriMo Tip#2 Is 2 Tips For The Price Of 1
- Schedule a block of time for your main writing (preferably for a period where experience has taught you is good for your writing)
- Try and schedule that block as early in the day as possible.
That’s it for Tip #2. Simple. But like a lot of simple things, devilishly effective when used properly.
EbookWriMo Word Tally – Day 3
Today is the 5th of November and the fourth day of NaNoWriMo, it’s the second day of my personal EBook Challenge.
Nov 4 – 763 words.
Nov 5- 1202 words.
Nov 6 – 1431 Words
So my current total is 3399 words.