Hi everyone! Well for the first time this round I actually don’t have a book review. Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey is an incredible read and a bit more lengthy than most of what I’ve done so far so it is still in process (more on that further down). Because I love to make my ROW updates “value added” and I know that many of you would like to know how I pull off my production every week, I’m going to give three exclusive tips to my fellow ROWer’s.
Here we go…
1) Use a task sheet. I use a weekly task sheet that I picked up on Jane Friedman’s site. Every Sunday (usually right after writing this update) I fill out a new sheet and review the previous week. This is a thirty minute session that puts me on track for the entire week.
2) Prioritize everything. Family, day job, writing, etc. When a task is completed, I can look at my task sheet and immediately know what I should be doing next. Once I’d done this for a few weeks I found a natural rhythm that works for me. Top priority is first choice every time, no dawdling, no whining – just get right into it. Only allow interruptions for “actual” emergencies (house on fire, need for hospitalization, an alien ship landed in the front yard and they are asking for you). When you write, turn your phones off or write with headphones on so you can’t hear them – trust me, there are few instances where immediate contact is necessary.
3) Be patient with yourself. No one goes from 0 to 100 mph in one day. Maintaining the schedule I do took months of personal training, negotiations with my family and constant adjustments to priorities and schedules. Remember that life is a growth process, ever changing, ever evolving and roll with it. If something doesn’t work out, look for ways to make it work – don’t fret about the failure today and derail tomorrow’s efforts in the process.
And now, on to this weeks update…
-Write 7k of fiction a week. All good here, and even with Friday off due to a work emergency, I still exceeded the goal. I’m currently running test scenes for three different projects and things are going well.
-WWBC assignments. I’m suspending this goal for the time being. The project I am working on for WWBC is one of the three listed above. Progress is happening and once it gets to the stage where I can meet the assignments I’ll be bringing this one back.
-30 minutes of treadmill 6 days a week. I’m going back to last rounds “30 minutes of treadmill 5 days a week”. This week I only did 4 walks. What I have found with doing 6 a week is that I get a great deal of strain in one of my ankles (a leg I broke about 5 years ago). Going back to five allows a couple of recovery days. The point of this goal is health and I am definitely seeing the results on that end.
-Read two fiction and two craft books by March 21. One of each is done. I’m two-thirds of the way through The Writer’s Journey which is my new favorite craft book. Absolutely fantastic! I’ll be reviewing it next week – but if you’ve considered reading this, yes, yes you should.
-Keep up sponsor duties. I visited 22 ROWer’s last week, a little below my normal but I went through a significant change in my work duties which took up more time than usual. I will continue to visit at least 20 every week and as many more as possible. By the way, from what I am seeing, you all are doing incredible this round *smile*.
That’s all for this week. Keep pressing for your goals.