The Weekly Plan is starting to hone in on your Life. It’s great to say you’ll write 6,000 words, but if you have doctor appointments or your house is being renovated, writing may not happen. Not accomplishing your intention is a slap of your face by you! Each week, take the time to see what you can Really do. That way, if you don’t achieve your goals, it’s a learning lesson, not a failure. What happened? An emergency or other Life Stuff? Or just not putting your seat to chair seat?
Then it comes down to Daily Plan or Next Action. If you have Day X off from work & want to plan writing as though it is a doctor’s appointment (it is good for our health), then go for a Daily Plan. If your Life is as chaotic as your writing organization, then Next Action is the way to go. When you find writing time, you’ll start here.
Regardless, the basic idea is the same: what are you going to start on when you sit (or stand) to write?
Okay, cheat a little. one thing that takes 15 minutes or less that you can whisk out of the way. And the next Writing Thing: Chapter X. Research Y. Whatever.
Oh, BTW, add another page: Accomplished. At the end of your writing day, add a page & insert the day & date for a title. Write down what you did. Or the number of words written.Not only does this give you a sense of accomplishment, it has a practical side, too. When you get back to writing after Life Happens, you know what you’ve done already.
But why go to all the trouble of organizing you writing? This planning & recording takes up valuable writing time!
1) It’s on paper, no chance of being forgotten.
2) You’re holding yourself accountable. Find a person or group that you can do that with, too.
3) Because in a week, month, quarter yea, 5-years, you will get closer to a) finishing the manuscript, b)learning what you need to know, & 3) reading those books you want to read.
But, more happens. You start accomplishing more in less time. You discover you can write more than the 6,000 words a week & stretch yourself to 7,000. You discover that one Next Action isn’t enough. You put down as your Next Action:
1. Write Chapter 5,
2.Write Chapter 6
By organizing your writing, you’re priming your Muse. While you attend to babies & doctors’ appointments, she’ll be getting ready to do her Brain Dump.
But, we’re not finished with the Big Picture Notebook.
You’ll find out in next post, just how.
Next: ORGANIZING THE WRITING CHAOS: Projects (pt 1)