There’s no better way to say it – I didn’t get it done! If you’ve been following Being Starkey, then you know that I set out a quest this past month to finish my first novel Daily Navigation during NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo.
Before I started the challenge, I shared a few ways to stick with a writing schedule. Here are the ways, and how I managed them:
- Reduce the amount of time I spend on social media – I stayed consistent.
- Utilize my weekend for writing – This is where it didn’t work! I should’ve balanced my schedule better because every weekend there was something going on from sorority events, homecoming, and traveling. My weekends were swamped!
- Spend less time flipping through the television channels – I scheduled my writing around my television shows, but it’s the holidays and Hallmark channel will distract me.
- Keep phone conversations to daily commute to and from work – This is a normal routine.
- Exercise regularly with writing prompts – I actually created writing prompts to help me move from each chapter. It really helped.
- Develop an accountability partner or group – I joined different writer groups, but I never ASKED for support to help me stay on track.
- Don’t Quit! – I didn’t quit, but I didn’t get it done. I managed to wrap up Chapter 14 at least, and start Chapter 15.
What have I learned from this experience? Everything we does come with lessons. Unfortunately, at times, our lessons are harder than others.
- NNNNOOOOO!!!!! One of my main lesson is to learn how to say NO! I’m still learning it, but I feel like I can be everything to everybody. It doesn’t work that way. I have to consider my needs and work on those for me. I over committed myself with most things that aren’t beneficial to me.
- Be consistent! This is the number rule from most authors and bloggers. It helps you build momentum and good following if you remain consistent in everything that you do.
- Stick to One! I tried to participate in #NaNoWriMo and #NaBloPoMo at the same time. I will not do that again. Granted, it helped me to exercise my writing when I wasn’t working on the book, but I was trying to challenge myself to accomplish too much in 30 days.
- Never lose your stuff! When I first started working on my book, I developed an outline using notecards. Bad move. I lost it a few months ago. I knew my end result of my book, but I missed some vital details. It literally slowed me down. This month, I outline the remainder two chapters of my book, which helped me out a lot.
- Get Creative! Instead of writing, I spent time visualizing what I wanted to accomplish with my book. When I wasn’t writing, I was looking and examining book covers to determine what I wanted for mine. I designed some book cover options for Daily Navigation. I’ll show you all soon. I secured an editor for my book. I managed and accomplished the small things.
So did I get it done – not at all, but I developed some new strategies and know now what to do in order to accomplish my goal. Truth be told, I’m ecstatic because I might not have finished writing the book, but I’ve accomplished so much more. For my friends and supporters, it’s coming very soon.