School is fast approaching, for some it may have already started! As an Indie Author I’m doubly excited. This year I’ll not only be doing the full-time writing thing, but I’ll also begin doing some school visits with my middle grade book.
For the first time since I started writing for the purpose of publishing, I will finally have the full school day to work solely on my writing. This scares me a little bit, I occasionally have issues with self-discipline and the internet (surprise, surprise). But with the help of a few tools to keep me on track I think I’ll be able to manage.
If you’re looking at the beginning of school as the beginning of your ‘work’ cycle I hope these tools will help you too.
RescueTime– An app that tracks your time usage while on your computer. Spending more time ‘researching’ on Google than typing new words in the manuscript? This guy will tell you. I am thinking this little tattle tale is going to help me learn how to divide my time between the internet and the blank page.
Stopwatch timer – A number of these timers exist for free download online. I have one called Xnote Stopwatch which lets me set a time and then play a wav or mp3 file when time is up. I can also use this when doing revision and allow it to count out the time for me.
Spreadsheet – Ah, the dumping ground of data. I plan to put my word count for drafting and my time count for revision in here. This is not only necessary for me to see the time I’m putting in, but I bet it’s also important when tax time comes around. If I’m going to do this job full time I have to be good about keeping track of all that time.
Scrivener – Ah, Scrivener, there are so many ways in which I’m not using you. I am, however, using you for the heavy lifting of manuscript creation. I’ll learn your other values yet. Promise. Hugs, kisses. See you soon Scrivener, my friend.
What tools do you use to keep yourself accountable? Please share, I’m going to need all the help I can get this year!!!