Time....Having enough time is something we all struggle with. At the moment I am almost at my breaking point! The last few weeks I have been contemplating how on earth do I make time to write when I have to attend lectures, work, do my readings for university, make my notes, read Red Queen, fit in my various sports, write my blog posts and make time for loved ones?
A. Have I completed everything on time?
B. If not, what was it I did wrong?
C. What can I do next time to make sure I hit my target?
D. How did my writing or the scene/chapter turn out?
Look, I understand that this is hard to do. At the moment, I either work or study during the day until 11:40 pm maximum. I find that the only time I can write is after this, which means I have a lot of late nights and early mornings. Therefore, macciato's when I wake are a must.
Too be brutally honest my story writing has been dismal lately. Since university started again I have probably written four times. I want to write everyday but alas it doesn't happen some days.
What I have done to remedy this is find a way to record my writing progress and goals. I tried at first to find something online but I didn’t find what I was looking for- not that I truly knew what I was looking for. I guess I was searching for some online database to in put my word count and maybe it could be something like dietbet? Have you heard about dietbet? It’s this site where place money on a bet that you can lose a certain amount of kilos and if you succeed you get your money back, however if you don't your cash goes to charity. Perhaps I should make something like that? Would anyone be interested, who knows?
Eventually, I came across National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo- for short) which provides free excel spreadsheets dedicated to recording progress. It is pretty great actually, it has sheets for every month and it lets you set a word target for that month, each day you type in how many words you have written and it calculates the percentage of your target you have achieved. On the summary page, it compiles your statistics over the months you have used the sheet and tells you how much you have written, as well as how long you have to go. It also has a progress chart which shows how many words you have accumulated over the year of 2015, which I think is very nifty. They have many different themes you can use ranging from Captain Hook from once upon a time to Thor and Elsa. I chose Elsa but I am thinking of going back for the Captain!
If you want to give this a try, in order to plan out your writing you can find the sheets here: http://svenjaliv.com/2014/word-tracking-spreadsheets-for-2015/