I had promised myself here that I would update every fortnightly about my strategies and targets for 2011. But due to the same strategies, it was tough finding time to write this blog post. So instead of 15 days, I am giving an update for 30 days.
I had kept the rule that I will not access internet (except email) unless I finish 3 hours of writing.
In the last 30 days
–Total days I was able to complete 3 hours- 21 days.
–Days I didn’t spend on writing at all- 2 days
–Days I broke the rule about accessing the net only after completing 3 hours- 0 days
–No: of days I wrote for more than 3 hours- 2 days
Certain issues that cropped up in the last one month-
*Though the amount of writing has picked up, still need to learn how to stick to deadlines. There is no point spending 12 months on a single idea. Yeah, creative process is something that don’t observe all the deadlines and crunch times. Sometimes you get better ideas after you have spent the stipulated time on outline and treatment. If that is the case, there is no point not incorporating those ideas just because the allotted time is over for that outline. But at the same time it is often required to come down heavily on oneself for going on adding and subtracting on a particular project without any sense of direction. Sometimes overcooking kills the broth. So when stipulated time is over, I switched to a new project even though some minor tweaking still needed to be done. Hopes that this will add some subconscious pressure next time to finish projects on time because I hate leaving things incomplete.
**I have been relying heavily on the fact that I travel for 1.5 hours to and fro to the work place. So basically this has been my writing time which I predominantly use for outlining. I put in at least an hour in the morning for writing which now I will have to divide with some academic work also. So basically I don’t get much time out of 3 hours to sit in front of computer and type. So I am finding difficulty in writing scripts out of finished outlines. I wish to do that atleast 5-6 hours per week for the sheer joy of doing it. All this slogging is supposed to be about the pleasure of writing, isn’t it? If it was just about meeting some targets, I could have done some business in my spare time instead of writing.
***I need to allot a fixed time for blogging.
****I need to develop a specific process for maintaining networking rather than doing it in bits and spurts. Something doable in a daily basis- attainable in a task oriented way not concentrating too much on the results.
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