For 15 years I’ve been actively trying to find time to write as well as make sure not to forget that my mission here on earth is to write. What that amounts to is lots of writing about writing. But it is also writing about priorities and scheduling and how everything can fit together.
These are the tools I use to remind myself that I am supposed to be writing:
A RULED COMPOSITION BOOK
My daily write whatever you need to get out of you notebook. I brain dump here. I write a flow list for each day in here. I work things out on paper here. It is messy and cheap and always with me. My only rule for this book is that I write the date at the top of each new page entry. It makes the archeological dig much easier.
This year I am using a monthly diary in tandem with my weekly one. I use the monthly spread to track things and the note page to write a monthly Remembering List which is really just non-violent to do list, and to plan out my goals. I make sure to migrate whatever wasn’t done to the next month when I write a new one, which is a process similar to the bullet journal method but a bit different.
WEEK TO A PAGE DIARY
I use one that has the week on one side of the spread and a lined note page on the other side. I enter in all major time based commitments to each day. On the note page I write items from my Remembering List, which I intend to do that week.
This is a great, free site where I create planner pages for different portions of my life. I use it for money tracking sheets for each month, for planning school holiday periods where I need a bit more space than my regular diary and just need to see all the details out on another page. I use it for creating a page where I can collect red crosses for each day I do the thing I have set my mind to, such as writing daily.
These are the tools I’m using to write lots of words down one after the other:
I use Evernote for two things.
For catching notes about the book, ideas for blog posts or snippets of thoughts that need jotting down.
Also, I use it to collect research for the book and interesting links and things I want to read later.
I owned scrivener for two years and I hardly used it. I could tell it was useful but there was a lot that wasn’t intuitive and so I kind of floundered with it for a while. Now I use it for the book, for organising my thoughts for the blog and for transcribing my old journals for the archeologists of the future.
Buying LEARN SCRIVENER FAST was the best money ever ever spent and it helped me start actually using Scrivener.
I went through enough of the course to get to where I was able to actually use Scrivener to get my writing going and now I am going back and learning bit by bit whatever I need to know for each part of my writing journey as the book comes close to it’s day of birth.
These are the tools I am using to get myself to actually sit down to write:
5000 WPH APP
You can read the 5000 Words Per Hour book or just use the app. The app is what got me to start my writing practice and the way it measures your total word tally and word per hour speed is what gets me to become addicted to writing.
When I can’t resist my distractions on my own, I set up a freedom session and lock myself out of the internet for the duration of the writing session. This is really useful.