Camp NaNoWriMo and Finding the Time to Write

Gloucester Road new

I’ve had a project in the works for quite a few years now, a by-product of a trip to the UK with my sons to meet their father in Kensington. Such a storied wedge of London! This story languished through various forms and variations, and I felt it was time to fish or cut bait.

The story revolves around a divorced, heartbroken woman, her son, and four men who up-end her life over and over. A mystery, a murder, misinformation, miscommunications, etc. To say any more would give away the plot. I hasten to say this is not an erotic novel with explicit sex or kink. Whew! Glad I got that out.

So cross your fingers for me that this will finally be done at the end of Camp NaNoWriMo.

Now, to the time management of this posting. I’m the worst at time management but am turning over a new leaf. I’ve been using a work/art journal to keep my priorities and time straight. That includes Washi tape and clever stickers which can easily distract someone as distractable as me.

The other productivity (shudder) tool I’m using is something like the Pomodoro Technique, which I’m currently reading. The app I’m using is a Chrome plugin called Strick Workflow which uses 25-minute work bursts followed by 5-minute rests. Repeat. It’s been a huge boost for my writing without the distractions of Twitter Camp NaNoWriMo word sprints.

strick workflow

It’s incredibly helpful and free.

The extension installs a little red tomato in your extensions menu. You click on it to start your 25-minute session and it locks you out of selected web pages. A timer goes off to let you know the time has expired. You click it again to start your “rest” period. And so on. Fun and empowering.

Give it a try for Camp NaNoWriMo!



2 Comments on “Camp NaNoWriMo and Finding the Time to Write

  1. I too am easily distracted. I am going to try this Thank you. Good luck on your camp NaNo

    • Cathy, you’re welcome!

      Thanks for the well-wishes and comments.

      The app shuts off access to SM or other sights while I’m supposed to be working, so it’s great. There’s a book called The Pomodoro Technique which lays out the premise much better than I can. This app borrows the idea and makes it into a pretty painless tool.

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