Sat Nov 24, 2007 7:44 am Post
druid wrote:2. Set a daily minimum goal for wordage,
Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:50 pm Post
AndreasE wrote:At least to me, a daily word quota is no help. For a long time I thought it would be, I strived to wrap my writing around daily word counts (or page counts), but finally I arrived at the conclusion that this only creates the tendency to fluff up my writing, to write pagelong about things where a paragraph would be more than enough, to produce a lot of text that has to be cut later anyway.
What works for me, is to set a goal for the day. It's not enough to have this faraway goal ("first draft finished next year in june"), I have to define a demanding, but manageable milestone for the given day ("scene 45 finished" or "detailled outline of chapters 4-7" or "line editing until page 200" or whatever).
These daily goals should be planned at least roughly in advance. I usually print out the current month from iCal and spend half an hour to set the milestones - "chapter 12 until 7th, chapter 13 until 15th" or whatever suits the overall timeline I have for the novel. Simple, but it works.
Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:30 am Post
TCole wrote:particularly if you have a detailed outline to work from.
Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:49 am Post
antony wrote:Yeah, procrastination is a killer, and 99.9999% of all writers struggle with it. You're not alone, not by a long chalk.
Pink is right, the boring truth is that the only way to beat it is by discipline, and a regular routine helps no end.
Werebear is also right that perfectionism is the enemy of progress. Switch off your internal editor and just write.
Finally, you're right that GTD is designed much more for executives and their ilk, but that doesn't mean you can't get some mileage out of it as a writer. I recently wrote a piece about my modified version of GTD after a similar topic on these very boards.
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