Life has a way of kicking you in the ass right as you are about to kick things off. This weekend is no exception and I will be driving, writing (for school unfortunately), reading (for school) and trying to do some general chores around the house. I am not sure I will get to my #8MWH today or tomorrow. I know, I know, breaks the point of the habit challenge but I simply must focus on school this weekend.
In the mean time I thought I would share what has been working for me this week. If you have been following along I wrote FIVE days in a row and almost surpassed 500 words each time. More importantly the writing came easy for me. This is not normal.
The method I have been using is simple and straight forward and I bet almost anyone could fit this into their daily schedule.
- I have pre-selected writing prompts on my blog. If you look at the last couple you can figure out what that I have everything in draft ahead of time. Every thing except the actual story. Right now I have over twenty writing prompts in draft on blogger. In the morning I scan over them and pick one that piques my interest. I do this first thing in the morning over a cup of joe before I do anything else.
- During the day the prompt is swimming around in my subconsciousness. I often come up with the 'BIG IDEA' on my 25 minutes drive into work. As I drive I put some classical music on the radio and the ideas just flow. I might also use some dance/techno/electronic music. It needs to be mindless sounds that flow. I am not sure why this works, but for me it does.
- At lunch I go out to my car. I have a nice isolated spot in the semi-wilderness on the edge of our Army base and eat lunch. I would guess by this time I already know the story I want to tell about 75% of the time. I have heard people talk about how your subconsciousness will work during the day without you even realizing it. I guess this must be true. If not they have not yet, while I eat the ideas continue to swim and now start coalescing into something significant.
- Voice to text. Yes. I dictate everything into my phone. I only make minor corrections: words it goofs up (funky names, etc), some structure such as carriage returns, quotes for speaking parts, etc. I record this on my phone in an app called JotterPad X. I have this on my phone and Kindle Fire and I believe it is the second most important part of this for me. The ideas swimming all day being number one, and the Voice to Text.
- I go back to work.
- Later that evening I post to the blog. I post AS IS, no tweaking. I am doing this for a reason. I want to see those errors I am creating during my first attempt so I am try to fix them in my process. Early on I realized that I was speaking too fast (ideas were flowing and I was excited) and I needed to slow down my dictation, not much, but just a slight tweak made the transcription 90% more accurate.