Crunch time: To crunch or not to crunch

By Katharine Swan On Monday, July 24, 2017 At 4:44 PM

With just over a week left of Camp NaNoWriMo, I've realized that while my novel-first-thing plan has worked well for the days I work from home, I've had enough days where I don't that I'm fairly behind at this point.  I will have to do two hours of revision work -- instead of one -- for all except a few days of the rest of July in order to "win."
Two hours isn't unbearable.  I did two hours a day for most of November in order to "win" NaNo 2016.  But compared to a single hour a day, it feels pretty challenging.  I'll have to be pretty dedicated -- and better at managing my time over the next week -- if I'm going to pull it off.

I also need to figure out a schedule that includes time to work on my novel for the days I don't work from home.  I find that if I plan on doing it last, after I've gotten everything else done that day, it doesn't happen for a variety of reasons -- mostly having to do with the fact that I procrastinate on everything else, so that the demands on my time stack up toward the end of the day.  So working on my novel first thing -- and getting it out of the way -- works best during the days I work from home.

But what's the solution for the days I don't work from home?  Perhaps, if I can't do it first thing that day, I should do it at the first available opportunity -- as soon as I get home from babysitting and barn chores, or whatever else took up my time that day.

I think I'll try this during this last remaining week of Camp NaNoWriMo, and see how it goes.  After all, I'm hoping to establish habits that will continue on into next month, so I should use the pressure of Camp to get it figured out now.

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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