Monday, October 19, 2009
Fall is always my greatest time of creative inspiration. When the air turns chill, blankets get piled higher, and the magic of the holidays approaches, my brain goes into fantasy overdrive. It's been this way for many years. This year, I'm determined to take full advantage of this phenomenon. Because inspiration, without it's evil twin, perspiration, produces nothing.
So to produce more this fall, I have a daily plan. The foundation of my plan is to carry my Alphasmart Neo everywhere I go. If you've never written with one of these little jewels of productivity, I highly recommend it. I've found that I can easily do two or more pages during a child's piano lesson, 500 words while sitting in a static carpool line, and I won't embarass my doctor by mentioning how many chapters I can get done in the waiting room.
Bumping my productivity is a weekly meeting with my critique partner. One day a week we have a write-in of our own. We set a goal for the day, use a timer for 15-30 minutes at a time, and take occassional breaks to discuss plot problems. We try to limit our general chatter and the timer is instrumental in helping us do that. Writing with others can be more productive than you realize - if you agree on the rules.
To put my productivity into the highest numbers, I'm joining in the annual writing challenge for the month of November. If you want a real challenge, join me in the National Novel Writing Month next month. The goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Feel free to join me by going to www.nanowrimo.org. I didn't get 50,000 words last year, but I guarantee you that I wrote more than I would have otherwise.
These are my plans for Fall productivity. Please feel free to share ways that you plan to boost your own productivity this season.