I started a new writing regimine tonight that I hope will help me write more consistently. I outlined a schedule where I would write for at least one hour each evening of the week, usually between 7-8 PM. During this time, I go into the office, close and close the door. I shut down all communications with the outside world: cell phone, email, IM, etc. and for that hour, all I do is write. The key is two fold:
1. Consistency: doing the same thing every night at about the same time.
2. Having a plan: I try to have a plan about what it is I want to achieve in that hour.
Tonight, for instance, I wanted to restart my work on “The Graveyard Shift” and my goal was to completely rewrite the first two sections of the strory. This I did, completing about 1,600 words in an hour and I now have an opening with which I am very pleased.
I am trying to treat writing more like a job (one which I love) and have outlined a total of about 15 hours a week in which I will be engaged in activities related to writing. My hope is that this improves both the quality of what I write, as well as my output. Stay tuned to see how well this actually works.
I am through about 128 page of The Passage of the Light and I hope to be finished by Wednesday. On Wednesday, I am supposed to receive the book that I ordered from Amazon, It’s Superman: A Novel and I am very much looking forward to that.
I shoveled a path to the car, earlier this evening. I also knocked off most of the snow that had accumulated on the car. Afterward, I went for a walk around the neighborhood, mainly to get some air since I’ve been couped up in the house all weekend.
Looking forward to heading up to New York next weekend.