As I mentioned in my last ROW80 update, I meet my pal Morgan (@MDragonwillow) on Twitter each day at 5:00 a.m. Having an online writing pal gets me out of bed. I love it!
Even so, when it comes to my new routine, I feel like a long-nailed dog running across a freshly waxed floor; I know where I want to go, but I can’t keep from sliding all over the place. In other words, while I’m starting to get a little more done each day, it’s still sloppier than I’d like, and I’m not able to keep up with it all… yet.
Also, some mornings are more productive than others – much, much more. Some mornings, I head off to work feeling smugly triumphant and impressed by how much I’ve written by 6:30 a.m. Other mornings, I flit around, accomplish nothing, and feel like I should have just slept in.
I finally figured out what’s different about the good mornings versus the bad ones: pre-planning. The challenge with getting up early is that I’m not too tired to write, I’m simply too tired to know where to begin.
Just as I dress more quickly if I choose my outfit the night before, my writing is more focused when I choose exactly which section to zero in on beforehand.
Getting up early also comes with an unexpected benefit: In my groggy-yet-focused writing state, I simply don’t have the energy to criticize my words. That’s right, folks, my dreaded Inner Critic likes to sleep in!
So, my new ROW80 rule is to decide the night before what I will be writing in the early morning hours.
In retrospect, this new strategy seems pretty obvious, but sometimes obvious stuff needs to be pointed out – kinda like the photo I chose for this post!
I’ve also decided not to pressure myself so much to finish my memoir in time for the May 20th DFW Writer’s Conference. If the book is ready by then, great, but I don’t want anything hasty or slapdash. I want it to be the best book it can be.
I do, however, want to make the most of my time at the DFW Writer’s Conference. It’s the first writing conference I’ve ever attended. Any words of advice?
That’s it from my neck of the writing woods this week. Here’s the Linky List to other ROW80 writers out there in the blogosphere: