This is the question I keep asking. I see dozens of blogs every week dishing out the sage advice for us overworked and over stressed writers who just want to be left alone to write. The same thing always comes up, work smarter, not harder.
Easy to say, but the question arises, how? I feel like I’ve tried everything possible (yes, I know, I’ve barely scratched the surface) but nothing seems to produce different results.
Okay, I’ve always preached the gospel of asking a different question, hopefully a better one. If I am going to figure out how to work smarter, I need a better handle on how I spend my time every day. Once I have logged everything I do at the computer for a couple of weeks then maybe I can figure out how to work smarter.
On that note I have started a log book of what I do at the computer and how much time I actually spend writing. I can get close to 1K words per hour when I’m on a roll, so the object of the game is to make sure I can fine 1.25 hr. of uninterrupted writing time each day.
If I can manage this I should be far more productive than I am right now. So, I am adding a new goal to my ROW80 list.
1. Write 10,000 words per week. (I’ve managed about 8K this week. I’m happy, all things considered.)
2. Read 10,000 words per week. (Got it.)
3. Edit ten pages of a completed MS. (Got it done for this week.)
4. Feature a new author every Friday (I wasn’t able to this week. Sorry.)
5. Read and comment on 10 blogs per week. (Made it.)
6. Log my computer time to see where I can change my work and play habits for the better. (Starting Tomorrow.)
Well, that’s pretty much it for this week. If you want to share any ideas about how to work smarter, I’d be happy to listen.
Folks, if you are an author and want to be featured on this blog, just drop me a line here: firstname.lastname@example.org