Hello, Readers! Happy Monday!
Often times I struggle with keeping myself accountable for my work. I’ve tried a variety of methods. Some work a little, while others flop completely.
At the beginning of my writing career, NaNoWriMo worked really well for me. I loved the daily wordcount need, the graphs and even putting it on the website every day so the bar graph would rise toward that goal dot. It was my favorite time of year, but I often found I wasn’t working as hard the rest of the year.
After a while, NaNo quit working for me. I still felt the excitement of it when October rolled around, but November never saw me constantly with my butt in chair and hands on the keyboard. I started to fail the NaNo months and in truth…I started the month knowing I would. It’s a very busy month for me and I haven’t been particularly committed for a long time.
In truth, I’ve felt rather lost when it comes to my writing life, as any of you that have followed this blog for any length of time have read over and over. Part of it is my anxiety and depression, but mostly it’s the sheer amount of pressure to which I apply to myself. It’s something I’m working on.
Anyway, I digress. I’m getting back into my writing by relaxing and enjoying the journey as much as the ending. At least, that is where I’m at right now. Often times, this is the point in which I start to revert back to spending my days saying I’m going to write and piddling around on my computer with youtube.
I’m hoping to change all that. I heard of a program that helps you track all of that called Pacemaker.press. I’m using the free version currently to make sure that it will do the things that I need it to before I purchase the larger version. That is, even if I will need the larger version. Right now I only need to track two projects. One in editing and the other in writing.
It allows me to input a daily word count with bar graphs so all the things I loved about NaNo, but there is so much more. You set up your project according to your own writing routines. If you are one of those that hit huge word counts in the very beginning of a project, you can set it up to give you a word count based on the higher levels being in the beginning. If you are more like me and hit higher word counts toward an end of a project, it has a way for that too. It even does the more steady amounts if you wish. You pick the time frame you wish to have your draft finished in, the final word count you’d like to hit and it calculates it all for you.
Hopefully, this will really work for me. I could use the firm kick in my pants that being accountable to everyone else just isn’t bringing me.
Another thing I’m hoping will help me, is getting back on a more regular writing routine. Right now, it is a chaotic mess as always. I am getting started earlier in the morning, but I’m so focused on doing business things or fussing around while I wake up, enjoying my first cup of coffee or tea, that I’m not as productive as I’d like to be.
Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.