WE and Writing 2020 Plan for Success

Even though I completed my 20K NaNoWriMo goal for 2020, I want to keep writing on my second novel, final editing the first, and tackling WE this year. So it's time prepare for the long haul.  

Step 1: Prepare the Workspace

Desk + Storage Organization

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Schtuff collects at my desk faster than the cat can shed on my furniture. Poof! Suddenly, I have trouble finding my desk. Today I:
  • Took most everything off the desk and put it in the drawers
  • Procured a trashcan and under desk storage and made the little shelves work for me
  • Added a sticky note to remind me to stand up more often
  • Ordered a bigger USB hub to beat the cables into submission
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    Rituals

    Sake Bottle
    Sake Bottle by photo3idea_studio
  • Have tea, coffee or a sparkling water + gum at the ready
  • Have music to fit the scene. With my writing streams this has been a pain on Twitch. But I won't step onto that soap box. I did pick up the Humble Bundle of royalty free music with a license that specifically says you can use it on Twitch.
  • Write a blurb with the Intro, Outro, and a few points between (Picked up the habit from CoffeeQuills over NaNo.)
  • Take breaks to do mindless chores and go for walks to rest my brain
  • Writing Plan

    Writing/Editing Rates

    I've been collecting stats for NaNoWriMo.
      Continuing to write on my stories will be a challenge. Book 2 (Guardian) is at just over 50K and my goal for it is 90K. And I have a major edit at the beginning of Book 1 (Rise) to do before handing over the manuscript to my editor. Then we will see if we have easy edits or complete re-writes!  

    Writing Schedule

    Best Time to Write

    Great Tengu
    Great Tengu by ultimatearm
    The balance between home and work (writing) for me seems to be best when I get my chores and language study done in the morning and write in the afternoon.    Currently, I stream 4 of 5 weekdays in the middle of the afternoon. I usually need at least a few minutes to plan and set up for those, and to chat with the streamer I raid. Thus, I lose writing time before and after. This has to change. I also need to modify the writing sprint length (see below).
  • 2 20-25 minute sprints in my streaming hour
  • Themed days
  • Cutting back a bit on streaming. (Updated schedule)
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    Tracking

    I'll keep tracking my word count to push myself to get a better WPH. When I used longer sprints I had better productivity. So instead of 10-15 minute sprints, I'll be using 20-25 minute ones.  

    Writing Support

     Usually, my writing issues are attitude related. When I need a pick me up or advice, I can go to my writing friends at:
  • ASC writing streams
  • the WA server, in particular the Inner Sanctum and event channels
  • My server
  • The Scribble Goblins
  • Qurillion's Happy Sun Lodge server
  • peek at Tumblr (on a timer to avoid doom scrolling)
  • Laura Van Arendonk Baugh's Twitch streams (for longer sprints and good writing advice)


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    Grandmaster Teyvill
    Andrew Belenkiy
    30 Nov, 2020 18:49

    Is it a PC and a laptop or is it a laptop with a second screen? ;)

    30 Nov, 2020 19:37

    Laptop with second screen. Someday I will have a desktop!

    Author of the upcoming book Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
    Sage Serukis
    Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
    1 Dec, 2020 20:41

    Good luck, Shy! <3

    Emy x   Welcome to Etrea!
    1 Dec, 2020 22:27

    Thank you! Same to you! <3

    Author of the upcoming book Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
    22 Dec, 2020 17:38

    So proud of you this month! Not only getting a manuscript off to the editor but also WorldEmbering! <3 Go Shy Go! <3

    22 Dec, 2020 23:22

    Oh thank you! I might get WE done too. I'm close!

    Author of the upcoming book Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
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