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The Weird Things Writers Do

For the next 5 days, I’ll be experimenting with my life in an attempt to be more productive. I’m going to adopt an extremely anti-social reader/writer-centric schedule and evaluate its effectiveness and my level of happiness by the end of the week.

My book club challenge ends Friday, and I’m behind by 5 novels. Also, I want to move two writing projects forward, so I can eventually start writing something new. I haven’t worked on new material in almost 6 weeks, and I’m starting to feel twitchy.  However, I want to get these two novels through another round of edits or rewrites, before setting them aside for a bit. The problem is, they’re quite different, so I can’t easily work on them back to back without a major brain break.

My goal is to attempt to maintain this schedule for a week and see if I am a more productive writer or simply a more exhausted one.

Work (obviously)

4:00-5:30 PM:  Edit Confiscated (From a hard copy)

5:30-6:00 PM:  Dinner (leftovers), Play catch with Oscar (the dog), Tweet & Text. *Don’t worry. I’m good at multi-tasking. This can all happen in 30 minutes.*

6:00-7:30 PM:  Read something in 1st person to reboot mind for Ezra. 5 books in 5 days? It’s never going to happen. My real goal is to somehow finish 2 of them.

7:30-8:00 PM:  Clean something in my house/ Plan / Think

8:00-9:30 PM:  Continue rewrites for Ezra & add 3 new chapters by Friday (laptop)

9:30-10:00 PM: Contemplate future and organize something….anything

10:00-11:30 PM: Mindless TV watching so TiVO does not explode & transfer paper edits from Confiscated for productivity.

11:30 -Whenever: Read again

My most important project right now is Ezra, so I put it at the best time of night.  The stretch from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is my least favorite time of day after morning. Okay, let’s be honest. I don’t like much about daytime at all, especially at this dreadfully cold time of year. I’d prefer to be nocturnal, but the rest of the world won’t comply.

I know I’m taking a risk editing Confiscated during my brain downtime, but this won’t be it’s final edit by any means, which makes me feel less worried. If I even fix a quarter of its current issues, that will be a blessing. I’ll deal with things like dialogue tag issues, dialogue flow, useless words, contractions, typos, etc, and I can go back for some more serious rewrites after Ezra. . . or so I say. I tend to get caught up sweating everything, so we’ll see how it goes.

That’s basically it. If you see me on social media at the wrong time, feel free to yell at me. However, I do have some writing quotes set up in buffer that Tweet at schedules times each day, so don’t yell at me for those. 🙂
Wish me luck, and hopefully by Saturday, I’ll be pleased with the end results . . . Don’t doubt me. I heard you thinking that I’d probably only be exhausted and insane. It could totally happen. . .the pleased part, not the insane part.

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  1. Good luck with all of this! And I’m with you on the nocturnal part. I was at one point, too. I used to work the night shift for a psychiatric hospital, 11pm-7am. Kept the nightly habits even on nights off. Worked better that way!

  2. Thanks! I survived Day 1 and am exhausted but happy with my progress in all 3 areas! 🙂

  3. Glad your first day went well! Planning out a schedule is an intriguing idea, one I think I should adopt!

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