Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mid-week check in

Just checking in during my trial run of a new noveling technique for the writer with a day job/toddler/(insert other time and energy drain here).

I originally had decided to do one full week of doing 2,000 words a day by getting up an hour early for work during the work week (and an hour before my toddler son usually gets up on the weekends). Then, the plan was to take the following week off and use those extra hours for sleeping and not stressing about getting up early.

So how have I done so far?

Monday I only got 678 words done between 5-6 a.m., but Tuesday I got 1,154 and today I got 1,039.

I'm thinking it was a little ambitious to think I could write 2,000 words in one hour at 5 a.m. (Heck, it takes me 15 minutes for the coffee to kick in enough so I can open my eyes wide enough to look at the computer screen.) But I'm currently happy with the 1,000 minimum per day. Maybe if I can get that groove down, I can work in some writing time for my lunch hour and start hitting 2,000 a day. But for someone who has probably written 2,000 words total in 2015 before this week, 1,000 words a day is awesome.

As an amusing side-note, Monday and today were not too hard to force myself out of bed at 5 a.m. -- Monday because I was happy to start the experiment, and today because I'd gotten to an interesting scene I was itching to write. However, on Tuesday I almost didn't get up. When my alarm went off, the following conversation happened in my brain:

Nope. Not happening today.

This is only the second day. You can't quit on the second day.

I totally can. Sleeping now.

You will hate yourself for the rest of the day if you don't get up now.

Don't care. I'll be well rested.

You wrote a BLOG post about it. You have to do it.

I'll just post that I'm a failure. I like sleep. People will understand.

Get up

No.

Get uuuuuuup

Nooooo.

After about 5 minutes, I'd stressed myself out about it so much that I knew I wasn't going to get back to sleep anyway, so I just grumbled and got out of bed.

We'll see if I'll keep winning out over my lazy self the rest of the week.

Any tips you have for forcing yourself to write in a limited time frame are extremely welcome!

2 comments:

  1. Congrats on conquering your sleep demon! 1000 words a day is great!

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    1. Thanks! It's definitely been tough.

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