[OctoOctober] Week Four: Writing vs. Procrastinating Oct 25, 2020 10:44:51 GMT -5
Post by Keri on Oct 25, 2020 10:44:51 GMT -5
October 25th, 2020
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Welcome to OctoOctober 2020, a Preptober Workshop. This year, please feel free to download the prep book which has some more fun, some more questions, and more pictures of our lovely mascot, Otto the Octopus.
As a reminder, we’re going to be focusing different “arm” every week. The order to this is semi-arbitrary; there’s a rhyme and reason to it, but everyone’s rhyme is different.
So today, we’re going to focus on outlining and writing vs. procrastinating (and how to balance the two). These can be done at the same time or interchangeably, because one feeds into the other!
So for this post:
It's the name of the game, right? That's why we're all her. That's what our goal is. We've worked out how many words we need per day. We've worked out what the best schedule is. Now we have to focus on the motivation to get that writing done.
Through the weeks of Otto's OctoOctober Adventure, we've talked about reward systems. We've talked about cues and settings. Gather all of those things together this week and make sure that you have a plan that sets you up to be as effective as possible.
When you have to write, grab some people in chat to help with things like writing sprints. Right now, there is an ongoing set of wars at 8:30 pm ET and 9:00 pm ET that we call "Night Wars." But since that doesn't encompass a nice range of time zones, there's plenty of opportunity for others to create their own war time!
If you know you work best with sprints, grab a few people and try to organize a daily/weekly/however long sprint session to help keep that motivation high.
Or maybe you need complete silence to work. If so, talk to those you live with and see if you can arrange some sort of private time for yourself. Or maybe find a way to get out of the house and find a nice (and socially distanced) place to work for the month, or at least a little bit during the month.
No matter how good you are at motivating yourself, there's a good chance that you'll need some sort of relief from the constant writing. That's where procrastination comes in. And that's where the greatest downfall of being human also comes in. By nature, we ant to do the fun, easy thing. Writing is not easy (and sometimes not fun). So we will always default to wanting to do the other thing.
For NaNoWriMo, we need to eliminate procrastination methods that take up all of our time. We need to focus instead on methods that we are able to take a step back from when the time for procrastination has run out. So it is up to you to come up with a few approved methods to relax.
Do video games suck you in for hours? Probably not the best procrastination method. Instead, use that as a reward.
Does coloring a picture take you a few minutes and relieve all of the worry on your mind? Perfect!
Breaking out of a Procrastination Spiral
There is no tried and true method that works for everyone. The first step is really recognizing that we are procrastinating instead of writing. After that, we have to then learn how to stop and refocus. And refocusing is the hardest part.
My suggestion for this NaNoWriMo is to turn to the Discord Chat or the Chatter thread and say "Help, I am procrastinating!" People there will help. They always help. I, personally, volunteer to make sure that you talk to me about your novel until you want to write in it!
Figure out your acceptable procrastination methods. And then find a good way to recognize when you are procrastinating.