Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow
Today is Day 92 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.
Happy April Fool’s Day. Did you write yesterday? Have you completed 4/12 (1/4 for you math types) of your annual writing goal? No one would blame you if March knocked you off track, decimated your schedule, and messed with your mind. But “unpredictable” is now to be expected. Are you developing a new normal considering the constantly changing numbers with each news cycle? Or is quarantine making your days feel monotonous?
I have two strategies I have developed from experience with stressful times. The first action item is to work harder on a focused list. Odds are that plenty of your commitments have delayed, postponed or canceled, while they have added unforeseen responsibilities to your plate. Step one is to keep the to-do list at a bare minimum and attack it with gusto. This month I am setting ambitious goals and getting competitive with myself. If my current writing sprint generated 500 words, my goal is 550 for the next session.
The second action plan is two-pronged. Indulge in frequent breaks and engage in unexpected activities. Have you seen the French man who ran a marathon on his balcony? Maybe watch a muted movie and create the dialogue yourself. Compete in a dance contest where you are the only contestant or erect a display window for your neighbor’s amusement on their daily walks. What else can you do for April Fools?
The objective is to maintain a healthy level of insanity and stay on track to attain your writing goals.
Let us know how you are doing in the comments below.
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer