Why do I promote the one hour a day plan so strenuously?
I had the pleasure of meeting a successful and enthusiastic author this weekend. She’s also a woman with three young children and doing the crazy dance to balance career and family. I was once that young mom with little children, clinging and scratching and clawing for some personal time each day. It was important to me then to keep one toe in the writing world. It was important to my sanity, my self-worth, and my resume. Sometimes it was 15 minutes a day during nap time, but I wrote. Every day. Every day meant the story never left me, and I never left my story world.
Now my life is different. I don’t have the time restraints imposed by young children and PTA and science fair projects. I have an editing business that’s successful enough that I’ve converted a former kid’s room into an official, tax-deductible home office. But I still have the time problem for writing. The more my business grows, the heavier the demands on my time. Now, again, I struggle to find time for my own writing.
For me, salvation came by embracing the one hour writing concept. I write for one hour every morning, at 7:00. I make an announcement on my Facebook page, I note my specific writing goal for the day, and I’m off. By 8:00 a.m., my writing for the day is done–unless I find time later in the day–and I can go about my business and my life knowing I reached my personal writing goal. All this, before I’ve had breakfast!
Below are questions I posted during this past weekend’s workshop.These are meant to help you examine the best, and/or the most practical, time of day for you to carve out a writing hour. At the bottom of the question list are most posts on this same Writing Hour topic.
How to Find and Use a Writing Hour
~ What is your most creative time of day?
~ What is the most practical time of day for you to write?
~ Do you now have an hour of writing time each day?
~ Do you need to carve out an hour of your regular day to write?
~ What is the biggest challenge to writing at your optimum time?
~ What is the biggest challenge to writing every day, for an hour?
~ What can you (or must) you give up or change to work a writing hour into your day?
~ If an hour is not possible every day, is an hour possible on SOME days?
~ If an hour is not possible every day, how many minutes are possible each day?
Preparing to Write for an Hour
~ How many days per week will you write?
~ Where will you work?
~ How can you make your writing space comfortable and distraction-free?
~ Can you turn off email, radio, TV, Facebook, etc?
~ What is your warm-up plan? (journal, review what you wrote yesterday, set a daily word count goal)
~ What outside arrangements must you make to remain undisturbed?
~ How will you record your progress?
~Will you have a time goal?
~Will you have a word goal?
~Will you have a scene goal?
~Will you have a show-up–# of days you showed up to write–goal?
~Will you have no specific goals?
~ What project will you work on in your Writing Hour?
~ Will you commit to seeing this project through from beginning to end?
~ Will you commit to writing every day on this project, until it is completed?
~ Do you have an end date goal for this project?
~ Why is it important to you to write every day on this project?
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