One thing that NaNoWriMo really helps me with is creating a daily writing routine. As a writer, I understand the importance of writing something every single day (or at least working on my WIP in some way).
This is just one of the things I’ve struggled with since coming back from the holiday crazy time where I think I wrote/revised one chapter in my novel.
I didn’t focus on my writing for one whole month. That routine that I developed in October and November went ka-put. Now that I am working on TGGC again, I need a new writing routine. Otherwise I will never get anything done.
It takes about 30 days to make something a habit. My goal is to write or work on my novel for at least one hour a day for the next 30 days.
How am I going to do this?
1. Use a calendar
- Mark days where I work for 1 hour
- Mark when I work for more than 1 hour
- Set weekly writing goals for myself.
- Word Counts
- Chapters revised or written (usually I shoot for 2).
2. Set aside separate time for blogging and a separate spot in my notebook/document on my computer
- Blogging is very important to me, but it can distract me from other things that need to be done.
3. Reward myself for a job well done
- For example- Did I go 1 whole week achieving my goal of 1 hour per day?
- Did I hit my word count or chapter goal?
- I will let myself go on an extra long walk or something that will help to replenish my energy and creativity.
4. Make my document full screen
- So I can;’t see when an email pops up or someone Facebook messages me. Biggest distractions ever.
5. Put my phone in the other room
- If someone needs to get ahold of me, they can wait an hour.