I touched in this briefly last week, but I didn't realize how much it had really affected me. The Post NaNoWriMo slump. Before NaNo I was writing 1,000-2,000 words every single day, without fail. During NaNo I was writing 1700-3000 words every single day. In the last ten days since the completion of NaNoWriMo I have written a grand total of about 2,000 words. Most days I don't write at all.
This has to stop. I tried setting myself a goal, I didn't get anywhere near it. So, how does this change? Well, I know it's not going to change this week and I think that's step 1. Let's be honest.
I have a final essay due this week and a final exam to write as well as some moving to do. Basically, until after Novemeber 14th writing is a luxury, not my job. But, after the 14th I will have time and I have to start writing then. Being honest with yourself goes both ways; be honest when you're too busy, but be honest when you really aren't. And that brings me to step 2.
Step 2. Get rid of excuses.
Okay, so I just listed a few excuses, but they aren't actually because they are things that actually need to get done and cannot fall by the wayside. However, things like that TV show I was watching the other night, those ten blog posts I read during my normal writing time, and the rearranging for the room that I did are completely unnecessary. If you're watching TV with your family, do so with your laptop and write a few hundred words while you're at it (That's usually what I do) otherwise, move on to step 3.
Step 3. Schedule writing time.
Schedule a time, maybe first thing in the morning while you're enjoying your cup of coffee and write. This might be only a half hour but if you really write and don't think too much about it you can easily get out 500-1,000 words in that time (depending on how fast you type). And if you don't, it'll still be fore than nothing. Remember, this time is not for reading blogs or checking Facebook and Twitter. This time is for writing. Shut down the web browser and dedicate a half hour then you can check all those distractions after.
These are all things I've abandoned in the last ten days, but will have to reincorporate after the 14th. However, I still hope to get a little bit of writing in before then, if I'm lucky :)
On another note: If you follow me on facebook you probably know that I've received the final artwork for my cover! I've been wracking my brain on how to reveal it to you and I think I have come up with the perfect way.
I bought a puzzle of my cover art for my in-laws. It's a tradition of theirs to puzzle during the Christmas holidays so I thought it would be a fun way to reveal my cover to them, and to you.
So, every day starting on the 15th (which is also the day I'm announcing the winner of the giftcard raffle. You still have time to enter now if you haven't yet) I will post a picture on my facebook page of a partially made puzzle. Day one with likely just be a pile of pieces and so forth. On the final day (not sure how many days we're going to get out of this yet) I'm going to write a blog post showing each picture, the completed puzzle, and the actual art. Also, I will be running a contest for a coffee mug with the cover art on it and a quote from the book. How is this contest going to run? More details on that in the post on the 15th, so keep your eyes open!