I come across a good post about writing schedules almost daily. Many authors and bloggers have unique and precise methods of ensuring time is allotted daily for writing.
My writing schedule looks like a casual suggestion.
Don’t get me wrong, I write something every day… at some point. The schedule part? That’s tricky.
I’m not disciplined enough to say, “I must write,” then sit down and do it.
If it’s editing or revising—words already written—I’m all in.
New dialogues and scenes? It’s complicated.
My stories are character-driven and if characters aren’t talking, I’m not writing.
However, that is not the case during NaNoWriMo/Camp NaNoWriMo, or any writing challenge.
For thirty days I write at the same time everyday, almost always exceeding my word count goal, then move on to something else.
First day after the challenge ends, I’m back to pencil-tapping and scrolling through Twitter.
It’s obvious I need supervision.
Writing challenges have deadlines not imposed by me.
To succeed, I have to play by guidelines not imposed by me.
See a pattern forming here?
I need accountability… and not to myself. I’ll blow me off faster than anyone.
Guess it’s a good thing for folks like me NaNoWriMo recently announced they’re launching an updated website later this year which includes YEAR-ROUND writing support.
This is a good thing. Perhaps I’ll actually adapt to a writing schedule which lasts longer than thirty days.
Anything is possible.
Day 10 word count – 17,281