So, how am I doing with my new challenge?
I think it’s been a great success! This week I’ve written every weekday (weekends will be left free whenever possible) for approximately an hour, and I’ve broken the 7.5k mark like I hoped. Those hours were roughly split between Custom Fit (the long awaited Tailor Made sequel) and my new novelette, Bugger My Neighbour (it’s only a working title!)
All I really had to do differently was to prioritise writing above all else when Gabriel went down for his nap. And you know what, the other chores haven’t really suffered, as I’ve felt so energised by getting the writing done that I’ve been able to do more in the rest of the day. What’s more, I’m finding the words flowing faster, getting up to 1800 words per hour by the end of the week.
What’s helped has been changing the length of the “pomodoros” I use to divide up my writing session. Instead of two 25 min ones, I’ve moved to two 40 min ones. I can still fit those both in usually, and I find it’s giving me a better writing speed as I don’t get interrupted by a break when I’m in full flow. Another thing that’s really helped is starting to take five minutes at the beginning of every writing session to make a detailed plan of what’s going into the scene I’m about to write. Why didn’t I do this years ago?!
I also managed to get in some more scene planning for Custom Fit and a quick read through of the BMN rough draft of 15k, so all the words added this week are for bits I discovered I’d skipped over. From now on, this book really only needs content editing (okay, and a few scene transitions and endings writing)
So, here are the results:
Total word count: 7538
Total for Custom Fit: 3874
Total for Bugger My Neighbour: 3664
Anyone else got any writing (or other) success stories to share this week?