It's never been more important than now to schedule my time, so that the writing rope I've been swinging on doesn't fray and snap. Jessica Bell (The Alliterative Allomorph) to the rescue! Jessica and I are newly formed critique partners, and I'm ecstatic about our partnership. I've read some of her fiction and her poetry, and I "get" her. Probably because I write like her. Our styles are similar, our preferred genres are in the same family, and our positions along our journeys are comparable. (Except she's "more published" than I am :D)
We've discussed how much we can read/critique at a time and set up a regular schedule when we'll swap chapters. This is good for me on so many levels. First, it gives me much-needed deadlines. I've always worked most efficiently and effectively with a looming deadline. Second, it propels me into the revision stage with the chapters I've written, while pushing me to write the chapters I've outlined but haven't reached yet. Since this is my first experience with a writing project of this magnitude, I've tried to listen to the advice of many successful authors and pen the entire first draft, before beginning the revision process. But in all honesty, I don't think that's the best approach, for me. I reach a certain point and just can't seem to move forward, for want of revising the early plot and character groundwork that isn't right (enough) for later chapters.
And, did I mention how excited I am to start reading Jessica's book?? I know the premise and have read excerpts. Her characters are authentic and people I want to cheer on, my kind of people with tormenting inner conflicts and a support system that contributes to their problems more than helps them through. She's brilliant, and if you don't follow her blog yet, here's the link again *wink* ---> The Alliterative Allomorph
In addition to my new writing schedule, I'm going to schedule time in every day for social networking and housework (in that order, LOL). Otherwise, I'll sit here and converse on FB and tweet and read blogs, all day long. Which I'd love to do, of course, but Overcome isn't going to write itself, is it?
What about you? How do you schedule your time? Do your writing/crit partners play a role in how you manage your time?