Failure, Success, and Time Management

Nano Shield25K badge

This year’s NaNoWriMo failure had much more of a feeling of accomplishment than last year’s #fail. This year, I got a shiny 25K badge for getting halfway to the 50K word count goal. High five! That’s only half a fail compared to last year’s 8K word flameout.

This year, I had an outline going in, which worked much better than my attempt at pantsing it last year. To hit the goal, you have to write 1667 words per day or about seven double-spaced, typed pages. That is a serious challenge for a person with a family and a full time job. But I have to say that the 850 pages a day that I managed to average feels like success to me. It is an improvement on my old goal of 500 words a day.

2015 reading challenge

Ironically, the same month saw me complete this year’s Goodreads Reading Challenge ahead of schedule. This is one thing I’m doing right as a writer. First and foremost, a writer reads.  I read 4 to 5 books a month and I have a full time day job, a 12-year-old daughter with an active sports and social life (and no driver’s licence, obviously), and I also write for 1 to 2 hours per day. You have to find the time.

One of the time management tricks I’ve learned is to have some of my books read to me by professional actors. Sure, nice for me if I can afford it, but what about all the writers out there who aren’t as fabulously wealthy? You misunderstand. I’m speaking of the joys of audiobooks. You can enjoy them in your car, on the bus, on a walk or during any otherwise dead time. You can even enjoy them for free (yes, you heard me right!) – check your local library for details.

Before I sign off, may I suggest a great new title for your TBR list which has just been released and is already getting all kinds of positive buzz? No? Another time? Okay. Check back with me later. 🙂