I am terribly guilty of not holding myself accountable to any sort of writing schedule.
Let’s get the excuses out of the way:
- Lesson planning
- Grading papers
- Quick run to Target (1 hour later…)
- Naptime (3 hours later…)
- Must read *amazing* book
- Must read grad school book
- Check Facebook (1 hour later…)
- Check Goodreads (1 hour later…)
- Read fabulous author blogs about being fabulous author (1 hour later…)
- Watch bizarre/pointless/hysterical YouTube video(s)….
- Watch stupid TV shows I don’t even care about
Now, that’s done. If I really want to BE a writer. If writing is IMPORTANT to me. I need to make time for it.
So, I’m a teacher. And what do teachers do to help students be accountable for their work? We report on their progress, set goals, and offer incentives.
I’m going to do the same.
- Daily: I will record my daily word count on a calendar on my desk.
- Weekly: (Inspired by Bonnie at http://abackwardsstory.blogspot.com/) I am going to post my weekly word count on Wednesdays. You may wag your finger at me if I disappoint you.
- Short Term Goal: To write 1,000 words 5 days a week
- Long Term Goal: To have a finished 1st draft of a novel by August 15th.
- Daily: I get a sticker on my calendar!
- Weekly: If I achieve my short term goal (1g x 5 days) then I get to buy a bouquet of fresh flowers to go in the vase on my writing desk.
- BIG Incentive: ??? I have to think on this.
|I love fresh flowers! So pretty!|