The ADD Writer, Part Three: The Pomodoro Technique


Chocolate bunny

One day I’ll tell you why timed writing sometimes goes horribly wrong for people with ADD.

Yesterday I managed to write 5301 words, mostly accomplished in the afternoon. I have a deadline to at least finish a rough draft of a three-year-old WIP by the end of the month when Camp NaNoWriMo ends. I have actually done a Lowell, an accomplishment of 10,000 words in a day, but those are rare for me and afterward, I feel like curling up in a ball.

Yesterday’s effort, plus a night of little sleep due to one of our dogs being sick, has led to a very unproductive day. I’m tired, irritable, and just binged on the last of my Easter chocolates. I’ve used the Pomodoro Technique a bit today, but the muse is just not cooperating.

Instead, I’ve been working on research on British Intelligence and the SAS in the Middle East. Plus listening to the ominous gurgling of said dog’s tummy.

And something else. An article about a prize-winning British author led me to purchase The 90-Day Novel: Unlock the Story Within by Alan Watt. While some professional writers may dismiss Watt’s methodology, it’s helpful when brainstorming. At the end of the book is an exhaustive interview you can use to delve into your hero and/or heroine for Deep Point of View. While this interview is extensive, he also offers smaller exercises one can work on to help steer the plot or character development. Extremely helpful.

So I’m in an Easter chocolate bunny stupor, but delving deeper into the two characters that drive the plot of my WIP. Making progress, but perhaps not exactly making sense today.

Oh well.

Camp NaNoWriMo ends next week, and I’ll be MIA for the next two weekends. It’s not looking like I’ll make the target of 50,000, but I’ve made huge progress and have started falling for my hero. I have to give myself a pat on the back for sticking with it because using the Pomodoro Technique has helped keep me on track and productive.

We have to celebrate our victories, no matter how small, they are progress.


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