I’m trying to focus on my WIP 2042, but a part of my mind is always thinking about what acceptance or rejection might be sitting in my inbox waiting for me to read. Though I have so far received positive responses to my submitted work, it’s hard to not worry about what reply might be waiting for you to read, and which will no doubt knock you from your momentum.
What parts of my brain aren’t deviated with what might be in my inbox is considering what to do with the positive remarks I have received. What qualities are important to me in a publisher? What parts of the writing process do I want to focus on, to grow my career on?
I managed to accomplish my goal three nights this week, but that’s nowhere near the kind of production I need to complete my work in time for the deadline. So in order to get myself focused I’ve taken a calendar and plotted out how much I need to achieve each day to finish my work by March 1st.
I use Google calendars, so I can move around activities as I need to. Move up an assignment if I get things done faster, or down if I accomplish them slower L, than I anticipate. It also makes sense for planning out how you’re going to do projects in a longer setting (like the projects I want to do for the next several months).
I’ll check in next week and let you all know if the calendar/list is working for me, and how I’m progressing on my work.
And if you get a chance don't forget to stop by Nocturnal Nights to see my interview of my friend Tina Donahue. She's an amazing writer, with a lot of great advice to share and fun stories to tell.