Captain’s log, day one, book in a week. (Actually, book in five days, since I have to quit on Saturday.)
Well, many lessons learned today.
Lesson 1: An early morning walk with the dog is a great way to get the creative juices rolling. Came back eager to start with plenty of schemes to put down.
Lesson 2: Shutting off the Internet should be done EVERY DAY. I’m a chronic online checker. Having it completely off was a great help.
Lesson 3: Don’t check the Internet at lunch time. Hey, it was break time, right? But guess what? A problem surfaced in my emails, and though I didn’t respond, the problem prayed on my mind for the rest of the day. I do have an away message posted on my account. Tomorrow, no checking until evening!
Lesson 4: I’m a spider solitaire freak! I can’t tell you how many times, during a writing lull, I was tempted to play a round. But I didn’t.
Lesson 5: Do not be critical! I wrote a chapter and thought, wow, that’s schmaltzy. This idea is schmaltzy. I’m schmaltzy. I don’t deserve to breathe, never mind write. Yeah, I shut that off, and kept going. It’s all about putting stuff on the page.
Lesson 6: Getting up for breaks is helpful. I stretch, refocus my eyes, and feel refreshed.
Lesson 7: Chocolate rewards are great. Too many chocolate rewards just make me feel disgusting. Cut back on the rewards already.
Biggest Lesson of All: I could do most of these things every writing day. And I bet most high-output writers do just that. I get side-tracked with all sorts of projects and articles and whatnot, but for novel writing, this is the way to go!
Output today?: 22 manuscript pages, 5,087 words. I’ll try to do some more after dinner.
Book in a week maniac signing off.
Over and out!