While I get excited about busting myths and achieving writing goals, since writing books is my job, my focus is production.
Author Dean Wesley Smith's blog post regarding How to Keep Production Going All Year helped me discover which scheduling & production method works for me. (Idea #4 inspired me to set a goal of the number of books I will publish this year, with an increase in the goal for next year, due to shortened learning curve in 2014.)
The key ingredients for me to gain focus and production:
- Disconnect from the internet (using Freedom Internet Blocking software)
- Turn overhead lights off
- Turn reading lamp on
- Play relaxing instrumental music low in the background
- Jot brief bullet notes about upcoming potential scenes
- SBICAW (Sit Butt in Chair and Write)
- Desk or Writing Table right height
- Feet flat on floor or on footrest
- Arms straight out from the bend of the elbow from armrests
- Write in stints of 45 minutes to 1 hour in length
- Take breaks every 45 minutes to 1 hour
- Do arm neck & shoulder stretches spaced throughout the day
- Lie flat on floor and stretch out back throughout day
- Space writing stints throughout the day
Writing life doesn't have to be limited and long suffering. As Dead Wesley Smith said in his myth-busting blog post Writing is Hard, while writing more than six to eight hours a day is hard work, making stuff up is not.
Another aspect of his advice is to have fun, and, oh man, am I.