So I spent last week waking up one hour early so I could write before work. It worked out decently, getting me about one page of printer paper worth of story each day. However, while I was making progress, that was just not enough progress. This week, I have a new plan.
Last week I was splitting my time between two different stories. I wrote one in the morning, using the outline I completed recently. Then, I would work on the other story in the evenings after work.
This worked and it didn't. As I said above, I did make progress on the first story that I wrote in the mornings. And while the week began with me writing in the evenings too, I all but gave that up by mid-week.
I can't let that happen. There are only so many hours in the day and I have so many stories I want to write.
That's what this "experiment" is about: increasing my productivity.
While I would love to write 24/7/365, that's just not going to happen. Really, it's not. I do have to sleep sometime. And eat. And warm showers are nice. Food and water and electricity to run the computer costs money. Not to mention going to coffee shops and buying coffee, scones, whathaveyou or doing all the things that I get inspiration from, like seeing movies. So I can't write 24/7/365. No one can. But with hard work I can bring myself to a place of high (or higher) productivity in the hours I do have available.
There is also something I've learned--or rather, remembered--from this experiment so far. I can write more with the more time I have to write.
That is, my first hour of writing is a struggle. But if I can put in two hours, then I can faster in the second hour than in that first hour which was so hard. Because, by the second hour, I am fully into the story. The first hour, I'm trying to find the story and, sometimes, I don't think it's on the page. Sometimes, I think it might be on Facebook, or Wikipedia, or a dozen other places. Maybe the TV in the living room.
So what does all this mean for this next week? It means I will still be waking up early to write. But instead of working on the outline story in the mornings, I am now going to flip it for the other story. I will write the other one in the mornings--which has the benefit of getting me into that story and, therefore, thinking about it all day and writing on it while at work--and the outline story in the evenings when I have lots more time to devote to it.
It's not a perfect plan. There are some pitfalls to it. But it is the plan for this coming week. Let's see how it goes.
As for you, what is a writing experiment you want to conduct?
I'm a twenty-something, wannabe author who's been writing Fantasy stories for the last decade, working hard to perfect my craft.