On January 9th I shared my new way of attacking the writing beast. I often referred to it as my Writing Cycle Schedule. And it worked!
Like software, this system needs some patches. Practical use has shown weakness and I’m going to address them.
Weakness 1: Bad Labels
I called everything a Cycle from the whole to the parts. I fear that was confusing not just others, but myself. So, I’m going to better name the parts here. The whole will be referred to as a Cycle and it will be made up of Phases. Now that I have that cleared up, I should change my ROW80 goals from “Finish Writing Cycles 2.2, 3.2, 1.3, 2.3, & 3.3” to “Finish Cycle 2 (Phases 2 & 3) and a complete Cycle 3 (Phases 1, 2, & 3). ”
Weakness 2: Guilt
Each Phase is single-minded in its task. That meant I felt guilty about taking weeks away from editing or writing as I worked on the other Phases. Thankfully, this works in tandem with a solution to another non-Cycle problem. I felt I wasn’t being productive enough. That’s why I reworked my schedule to give me two full writing only days a week and two lighter writing/clean the house days (what I’ve been doing up to these changes). To fight the guilt, I’ll be taking those two lesser writing days and assigning one to always writing (I’ll be doing that Friday with #WriteClub) and the other to editing (Wednesday).
My full writing days (Monday & Thursday) will focus on the current Phase. Except every other Thursday. Another non-Cycle problem I had was not any me, happy, happy, fun time. If I promise myself an hour or two (as I do every Friday), I’ll work through it (cleaning or writing). Yes, the Cycle does provide me with days off between Phases. However that’s not regularly enough and even on those days I still have to clean. I want to state this isn’t anti-burnout measure, but a treat myself better one.
Side Note: I didn’t change my Saturdays, which I set aside for non-writing writer stuff. And I’ll keep taking off Tuesdays to spend time with hubby and keep Sundays computer/internet free.
And that’s all that needs fixing! I’ll be following this schedule until June, when summer kicks in. (Summer has its own schedule.) I’ll relaunch use of Cycles in September and make any additional adjustments then.
How often do you find yourself tweaking your writing schedule/process?