One of the best things about being a published author is that you work for yourself. You make your owndeadlines. Your own working hours. And set your own vacation schedule. There are no yearly evaluations. No one breathing down your neck. No time clocks to punch in and out of.
There’s just you!
Now it’s all up to you. And if you are like me, it’s so easy to fritter the day away on the internet. I mean there are so many options to amuse yourself from Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest and some new-to-me sites like BookLikes and Wattpad. So how do you stay on track?
If you are self-pub’d, you set your own deadlines for the next year. If you are traditionally pub’d, the deadlines will be pre-arranged in your contract. Then you have to break it down from there.
I like to take the number of days until I need to have the next draft completed, allowing room for editing, and divide that into my word count to determine my daily word goal. Then I throw it all onto a spreadsheet like this one:
But still, I have to write the words to put on that spreadsheet. I do much better under peer pressure/accountability. ;-)
Sprinting is a great way to achieve the public pressure to keep your fingers tapping on the keyboard. If you search on Twitter for #1k1hr you’ll usually find someone around to join you. If you aren’t familiar with #1k1hr, it means 1,000 words per hour. Or as close to it as you can get, sometimes you can go over. Those are always special moments.
I have a writing partner that sprints with me five days per week. She’s great! Luckily our schedules coincide so it all works out. I will admit that we don’t always go for hour sprints. More times than not it’s usually 90 minutes per sprint. But we also fit some life in there such as laundry and lunch. ;-)
I write so much more when we work together as I know that I have to tell her how well I did with each sprint. Sure I could lie, but what good would that do me. And how bad would I feel. So I keep my butt in the chair and I type, just like I’m doing now. And it’s amazing what we achieve together.
So my advice is to find a source of daily accountability for yourself. The added pressure has really made a difference for me. Sure I can write without it, but I also can procrastinate the day away. And I have sooo many books that I want to write. So I really need to be efficient. I’m still not great at it as I have so many balls up in the air. But every day I strive to do better. Some days I succeed, other days not so much.
But the reward is so sweet, such as the release of my third book, SAFE IN THE TYCOON’S ARMS. It released last week and it is great motivation to keep on writing. And if you are curious, I’m working on the draft of book #6. It’s the first book in a duet, due out sometime in 2015. And I’m just as excited about it as I was about writing my first book. ;-)
Now it’s your turn. If you have any questions on your mind, feel free to ask them. I won’t promise that I’ll have an answer, but I’ll do my best.
Until next month, happy reading and writing!!!
Jennifer Faye’s new release, SAFE IN THE TYCOON'S ARMS, is available now! Find out what happens when Kate meets up with New York’s Bachelor-of-the-Year. Online at Amazon,Amazon-UK & B&N as well as other locations.
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