Looking at the progress I’ve made as of late, I’ve realized there are a few things I can do to improve not just one or two things I’m working on, but everything I am and will work on.
I need to make basic progress on a lot of fronts. Writing, yes, but also editing and promoting myself as well. I need to also find time for me to relax. The result is a need for me to put myself on a writing schedule of sorts.
Since this is a schedule I’d like to use every week, I’m going to break it down by days. That makes the most sense to me.
Writing (3 days): This is the core activity. Without fresh writing, there isn’t anything else. Also, with the amount I write each day on average, this will easily give me a chapter a week. On these days, I’m just going to write, nothing else.
Promotion (1 Day): I think taking one day a week to send out query letters and schedule things in social media is a good move. I figure I can use this to also post on blogs and network with other writers.
Editing (1 Day): I know I can edit a chapter in a day with ease, so this will be a good opportunity to improve on projects aside from what I’m primarily working on.
Side Project (1 Day): This is a day when I can work on short stories or other works, should I need the time to work on them. In the near future, this is a day that will be devoted to working on The Night Lands.
Rest (1 Day): I can’t just keep going full blast, otherwise, I’ll just loose my mind. With that in mind, I’m going to purposefully take a day each week to have fun, to chill out, relax.
Now, just because I’m not on one of the days that’s specifically listed for writing, doesn’t mean I won’t write on those days. It’s just not going to be the main thrust of my efforts.
As a whole, I think this will help me continue to focus like I did during NaNoWriMo, making progress at a steady pace. Can I do it? Sure. Will I do it? I don’t know, but I’m going to find out.