To keep myself accountable, I have chosen to post about my creative progress each week (maybe a couple of days late!) Although you may not be invested in the details of my progress (or lack thereof), I hope you can take from my updates some ideas on developing your own personal accountability method.
As a result of the progress I was making on my fiction writing, I made the conscious decision to let the novel flow without interruption from other projects this week. I started two posts when I needed a break from the novel, so they are queued up for posting soon. I also spent my downtime this week brainstorming other post ideas to alleviate some of the rush to get my five weekly posts published.
Next week’s target: Post 5 of 7 days
I found my flow getting back into the novel I had started re-outlining. I’ve tried being a pantster, an outliner, a Snowflaker, and a Story Gridder. After following the Story Grid podcast and reading the book I desperately wanted to follow the Story Grid method, but for me Story Grid alone is not enough. I discovered that I am a Snowflaker at heart. The flow of the steps draws out and helps me clarify and strengthen my ideas. Everything I learned from Story Grid is impacting how I approach each step in the Snowflake Method. As I get into and complete my first draft, I am certain Story Grid will be a well worn tool to get me to the final draft. This week I probably hit at least eight hows of dedicated work on my novel, therefore to keep momentum I’m bumping up my target by 3 hours.
The second writing project I haver this week is to come up with an idea for the Write Practice and Short Fiction Break’s summer writing contest. The entry deadline is July 10th with the first draft due for workshopping on the 16th, so I’ve got to get working.
Next week’s target: 6 hours working through the Snowflake Method
Again, I didn’t spend any time on photography this week. I’ll keep it on the list in case I jump into it in my spare time. The quick tutorials are great for filling a waiting minute.
Next week’s target: Playing around for as much time as I want
I realized my data storage method was not working so I began investigating the best approach for data structures that are more complex than used in most Swift tutorials. My goal this week is to determine the best method and outline a plan to implement the method into my project.
Next week’s target: Develop and Outline new data structure
Focus on my novel too precedence this week so I was not able to map out the project in Motion based on the current draft of the script. I’m putting this on the side burner for now to keep pace on my novel.
Next week’s target: Map out the entire project using placeholders.
When juggling multiple projects do you feel guilty neglecting one for another? Does positive momentum in one project build your overall confidence? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.