November is one of those months that start out normally for me and then descends into madness. This one has been no different. Luckily, I got ahead of my NaNo wordcount before things started hopping. With two 15 and 12-hour days at work this past Saturday and Sunday, there was no time to write.
I tried to do a little something last night, but only got in 200 words before exhaustion swept me away from the computer. However, the time I put into writing early in the week ensured that I didn't feel guilty about leaving my story and dropping into bed.
Lately, I've been reading a few self-help books about time management and making the most of my situation. There are many simple things I can do to improve my focus and make better use of my time.
Something I have started doing is to look at 2015 with a view to deciding what I will be doing in terms of stories to be published and what time will be spent writing. It's a good time to assess what I've done this year and what areas need improvement.
Through NaNo, I've proven to myself that I still have the discipline of yesteryear - to stick with a schedule, plot stories and write every day. I've learned this November, that no matter how far I've strayed from being organized and focused, I can change the way I operate when I have a clear goal in view. Don't think I don't know about maximizing time and efficiency, I just fall off the wagon way too often.
For 2015, I have a simple plan, based on the host of unfinished books I have on my hard drive—plus there are the ideas …
1. Decide on a publication schedule.
2. Write to meet that schedule.
3. Explore different avenues for book distribution.
4. Repeat said process.
Have you learned any lessons lately about your life and writing and have you made any plans yet for 2015?