S. J. Kelley

Week of March 1, 2015: I think this schedule is the best so far


Week Week start date Days I wrote Words written Time used WPH
Week 6 Mar 2, 2015 6 4501 11:16 399

My husband was right; I just had to stick it out for more than a few days. During the weekdays there was only one day I didn’t get up at 4:30am, and that was earlier in the week. When I tracked my alertness the first few days were “groggy”, the next “ok” and near the end I said I was “in the zone”, so I think I’m adapting. I’ve hit my weekly word count goal for the first time since I started, so yay! 

That said, there’s still room for improvement. I realized that things will inevitably keep me from going to bed at 8:30 pm; most days it was more like 9 or 9:30 pm before I got in bed, so by the end of the week I had accumulated quite the sleep debt. I paid the price with a migraine Saturday evening, which screwed up Sunday. Can’t afford screw ups like that.

So the new plan is to allow some “sleeping in” until 6:30 am on Saturday, to catch up, because I can’t carry a sleep debt forever. That said, when I did that this week I felt on edge all day because I was used to starting my day writing. I put some time in later in the morning, but my WPH is higher first thing when I wake up (400-500, instead of ~300). 

Last week I projected the book would only be 80k, but now I’m thinking it will be 100k again. I’m at 18,352 and I still have 2 chapters before I break into Act 2a, which will bring me to about 25k per Act (Acts 1, 2a, 2b, and 3).

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