Sunday, July 17, 2011

Multitasking

We're all moved in and while not necessarily unpacked, things are settling down.

I've turned in the third draft of the current story and I'm waiting on notes, so I've been writing another story that struck me about six weeks ago. I've got the novel that I started last November that I really want to get back to, as well. Let's not even mention all the short story ideas I have in the notebook I carry with me almost everywhere I go.

I need to learn to multitask.

Part of why there's such a buildup and why this assignment has taken so long (I wrote the first draft in November during NaNoWriMo) was the long stretch of writer's block earlier in the spring. My output is significantly down this year I think partly because I haven't had firm deadlines, even those that were self-imposed.

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So I need to build a calendar and give myself deadlines.

I'm writing this post to remind myself of Antony Johnston's excellent article Getting Things Written. This may be the best article on how to do what I want to do, though on the surface it doesn't apply to me because I don't write comics or videogames like Johnston. I think I've linked to this article before, but for those of you who haven't read it, go on and do so. You'll find something in there that'll help you.

You should also go on and read the source material, Getting Things Done, too. You can usually find the paperback at your neighborhood bookstore. Maybe even at your local library. Do yourself a favor and get out of the house to go find it. Don't just automatically order online, but if you have to do that you can.

So as far as multitasking and self-imposed deadlines, I've got work to do. In the comments, feel free to share your own tips for getting things written.