Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Writer's Calendar and Toblerone
I have 'The Writer's Calendar' hanging on the wall behind my computer so that every time I look up from the laptop's screen I see it. What is a writer's calender, exactly? Well, let me tell you about it.
Last summer, I attended a writing workshop put on by an amazing writing instructor, William Bernhardt. I learned a ton about the craft that I never heard anything about in college. If you are in the market for a good writing workshop, I would encourage you to check out his website: William Bernhardt Writing Programs. If you decide to attend this fabulous writing program, I should warn you that the homework is intense.
At the end of the seminar I attended, Bill handed out what he labeled 'The Writer's Calendar'. It is a week by week breakdown that helps you stay on track to finish a top-quality manuscript in six months.
Yes, I said six months.
I don't have this amazing calendar stuck on my wall where I can always see it because I strictly follow it's schedule...because I don't . Rather, I use it as a guideline. For weeks 6-18 it says to write 5 pages everyday, 10 on Saturdays with no editing. Just keep moving ahead. Do additional writing to complete 10% each week.
This seems a bit strenuous to me as sometimes two pages can take the entire 5 to 6 hours I set aside for my writing each day. Some days I have to skip writing all together in order to fulfill some other obligation I am committed to. Do you see my problem with such a strict schedule? *grin* It took me almost 2 years to finish my first manuscript.
I've recently submitted that one and will be starting on #2 soon. I am going to try to stick closer to this wonderfully well-intentioned calendar, but I bet it still takes me at least a year. *laughs*
How about you? How long does it take you to write a good quality MS from start to finish? Do you write everyday? Only when you feel like it? I would love to hear your version of completing an MS.
Today, I am enjoying an individually wrapped Toblerone as I sit here and type this post. I will probably eat at least 2 more to make up for the fact that they are individually wrapped and not the big ones I like so much. Haven't heard of them? You poor misguided soul!