A few weeks ago, Patti Nielson had a cool idea for a blogfest. Starting Monday, September 27th, participants were supposed to write down every minute spent writing or editing until Friday, October 1st. So I said to myself "Hey, maybe I'll get a few chapters knocked out of the way if I do this." I'd been stuck revising chapter 3 for quite a while, so I thought this would force me to power through it. Well, just take a look at my times.
Monday, Sept. 27 - 1 hour
Tuesday, Sept. 28 - 45 minutes
Wednesday, Sept 29 - 1 hour 25 minutes
Thursday, September 30 - 1 hour, 45 minutes
Friday, October 1 - 4 hours (Yay!)
Okay, so I was weak the first four days. I wasted lots of time checking blogs, Twitter, and e-mail during the day. Now it's hard for me to write during the day anyway because of my extremely energetic toddler, but to be honest, if I had really tried I could have squeezed more time in by limiting my time on the Net. I know because that's what I did Friday. I allowed myself to read exactly five blogs, check Twitter once for ten minutes, and check e-mail once in the morning and again after my writing was done. As a result, I'm happy to report that I did finish the pesky chapter 3! One of my problems during the week was that I kept staring, thinking, typing, deleting, and staring some more. Yep, the joys of revising. But it's done and my CPs have it, so on to the next chapters (finally).
What do you think about keeping track of your writing time? Have you ever tried this? If so, does it work for you?