Today I downloaded a little alarm clock programme and timed my writing. I've wanted one for ages, not only for the book but for my paid writing - the stuff that pays the bills and buys my teenage daughter hair dye and shoes and things.
The idea with the alarm clock as far as the book goes was to set myself a time that I'd dedicate to that writing and not let anything else disturb me. I turned off email and shut my browser. Any research I'd need to do could be left until after my hour of writing - I'd just leave a gap where that stuff could be added later.
From 11:30 until 12:30 I wrote. In that time I managed to get down 1,202 words so as far as I'm concerned, it was a success. And those thousand or so words moved the story on considerably too, so I'm pretty chuffed. Far better to write for a solid hour than to write in snips and snaps as I usually do. From now on, I shall be far more organised time wise.
If you're interested, the programme I'm using is called "Kirby Alarm and Task Scheduler" and costs the grand sum of nothing. It's freeware and, should you want to check it out, it's available from this website. It's got lots of little cool features like sending an email at a specified time, or opening a programme. It can even let you know if a file has changed size. I like it, anyway.
Nantwich Writers' Group Last night we had our writers' group meeting at Penny Jordan's house. It was the first meeting I'd managed to get to so far this year so I'd been looking forward to it. So many faces I hadn't seen since either New Year's Eve at Penny's or longer. It was good to catch up.
Penny was her usual inspirational self, full of fun and giggles. And it was probably mostly down to her comment that I'm not focused enough that I decided to do the time management thing. I did make sure I told her that I've become far more focused on actually finishing a story this time, though. It will happen! It will, honestly.
Luckily I'm one of two members who isn't worried about rejection. My philosophy is that if it doesn't sell, what's changed? My life will remain exactly as it was. Nobody will have died because of it and no other tragedy will have occurred. And there's always another story. One day they'll buy one... I hope :-)