Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion
The quote above really resonates with me: Until I basque in the glow of WIP completion (and publication), I shall remain paranoid that my dreams, nay, my life's ambition, is all just a fancy notion in my head.
Thus, today I shall write about Discipline as part of today's A-Z Blog Challenge.
Recently, I've been making an effort to implement proper discipline into my writing. I don't profess to be an expert in the art of discipline, but I thought I'd share a new method I'm trying out with you, in the form of a spreadsheet. Observe:
As you can see, I've included a wee paraphrase from Jim Rohn again: Suffer the pain of discipline, or suffer the pain of regret!
I've grouped my spreadsheet into 14 days, with the intention of clocking up 30 hours dedicated to writing. I chose a 14-day window, personally, as 7 days didn't show enough progress, but 1 month would've been too overwhelming.
The time slots are dictated by various factors: Working hours (you'll see the weekends have more hours allocated), family commitments, dentist/doc appointments, etc. Anything that prevents me from sitting at my writing desk is taken into consideration.
I can see the flaws in the spreadsheet already, but this is good. This gives me scope to improve on it. I like flaws: the recognition of them, to me, indicates growth.
The biggest issue I have is definition: What do I consider "Writing"? A lot of those hours have consisted of WIP research and writing for this blog (and my food blog). Whilst they're all loosely connected, I would prefer those 30 hours to be more concentrated on the actual writing of fiction.
So, by the time the next 14-day block comes along, I'd like to have more specific instructions for my "work on" section. Does anyone have any tips? They'd be much appreciated!
Today's music video is dedicated to a genre of music I've really gotten into over the last year or so. It is D for Dubstep.
If you're planning on doing some housework, or excersize, crank this up to full volume and enjoy.