On the STAR STICKER method.
A lot of people have seen me talking about my calendar system lately, and as I gear up to turn the page and start a new month, I thought I’d share this here, for anyone who needs a new system and/or a kick in the pants.
Basically, I get a calendar and a variety of colored stars, and make a key each month based on what I need to accomplish.
1) 500 words written
2) 100 pages read
And then I basically just keep track. It sounds simple, but I find the daily accountability and visibility of measurement INCREDIBLE helpful. You can see that in September I wrote almost 30k, read about 4,000 pages, worked out 19 days, and went to school. Whatever your goals may be, the system keeps you from losing track of days/weeks.
Anyway, if you want to give it a try, join in! Tomorrow’s a new month!
"She taught me how to dance. We actually met at a graduation party. I was the only one not on the dance floor, and her friend bet her that she couldn’t get me to dance. I’d already said ‘no’ to ten girls, but she talked me into it. We were together 55 years. She died eight years ago, but I still dance every day."
(Mexico City, Mexico)
golden hours in the fall
jesus take the wheel
thesarahdoughty said: Do you mind sharing a day in the life? Like a typical schedule you will use to write, read, and fit everything in your life? I would also love to hear about the types of software you use and why they work better than anything else. Thank you! :)
Right now my “day in the life” varies depending on whether or not I have class (I’m in grad school for medieval art history), but on days I DON’T have class, it looks like this:
7:30AM : Get up, boot up Scrivener*, write for 30 minutes before tea.
8-9AM : Have tea/breakfast, check email/social media, watch an ep of TV.
9-11AM : Write.
11AM : Second breakfast! More tea.
11-1 : Ideally write, but probably also read/study for a class.
1 - 1:30PM : Lunch/reading/TV.
1:30 - 2:30PM : Plotting, emailing, making notes, stressing out.
2:30 - 3:30PM : Write.
4 - 6PM : Work out (exercise is a major component of my sanity, and if I’m running/walking/cycling instead of swimming, I always have either a book or audiobook on me).
6 - 7PM : Dinner.
7 - 10PM : Non-writing work.
10 - 11PM : Last ditch effort to get words down on paper before bed.
11 - 11:30PM : Reading.
*I was a reluctant convert, but I like to open new documents for every scene, and after crashing Word too many times to count and losing work, I switched to Scrivener. I recommend transitioning at the beginning of a project.
"Do you remember the happiest moment of your life?"
"The first time I kissed her."
(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)
— Donald Miller (via unmaiden)
None night without story! / Ninguna noche sin cuento! (ilustración de Anna Laura Cantone)
I heart Tove Jansson.
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