So, how did I managed to write over 200 thousand words?
The answer is simple: I set a writing schedule.
In February, I had a realization: when left to my own devices, I'm not productive. But give me a work schedule and I get stuff done. That got me thinking that I needed a work schedule for writing. I needed to clock in and out like I did a day job. During those hours, I wrote.
In treating my writing (and crafting) like a job with hours to clock in and out, I forced myself to focus. When I sat down to write at 1pm on Mondays, I wrote because I was on the clock. I didn't stop (barring bathroom breaks and to refill my water) until it was time to clock out at 5pm. Just treating writing like a job with set hours tripled my productivity.
Of course, I don't have a day job or kids so that made this schedule easy to implement. Unfortunately, those throw a wrench into this concept. BUT, it doesn't negate it.
You can still apply a schedule to your writing. You may not be clocking in for eight hours, but you can allocate a set time to 'clock in and write'. It could be as little as ten minutes every evening after the kids are in bed. You may only write 100 words. But that time and those words add up. If you write 100 words every day of the month, that's 3000 words. You do that every month and you will have over 30,000 words by the end of the year.
(Before I forget: You have to make your family aware of when you're clocking in. They need to know that time, however big or small, is work, and only bother you if someone is on the floor dying in a puddle of blood. Otherwise, it won't work because they won't see you as working.)
Writing is not a one size fits all. We have to find our own paths. I finally found mine, and in sharing it, I hope to help another writer find theirs. Even if they take one element from this idea and it works for them, then this post did it's job.
Do you have a writing schedule you set? What do you think about the idea of clocking in to write? If you have a family, kids, or a job, when can you find time to clock in and write 100 words?
PS: Don't forget to check out my IWSG post over at patriciajosephine.com.