It Takes All the X’s and O’s

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m what you might call a “pieces” person. I see things broken down into their tiny parts, all turning together to make a monstrous machine work its best. It’s how things make sense to me, in all aspects of my life. If I didn’t break everything down, I would surely get overwhelmed by the mountain of To Do’s I have. So when I sat down to write my #BGBlitz Game Plan, I approached it in the same piece by piece method.  All the X’s know what O they’re going after, and that QB is going down!

Jenna P.’s #BGBlitz objective:  To write my next manuscript in ten weeks.

X1. Perception, perception, perception.

I’m not gonna lie; this seems like a hopeless feat.  Ten weeks?  It took ten months… times two…to write my last manuscript.  How the hell am I going to pump out 95,000 words in ten weeks?

I’m going to trick myself into thinking it’s not that bad.  Write an entire manuscript in 10 weeks? Highly impossible. Write 10,000 words a week? Unlikely. Write 1,500 words a day? Definitely doable.  I got this!

X2. Stick to the schedule.

Some people can’t survive without their to do lists, and I can’t survive without my schedule. I think this is another perception, really. If I can show myself that there are, in fact, enough hours in the day, then I have no excuse to fail. So, I’ve charted out the hours, figured out my summer work schedule, planned for the summer gymnastics hours, asked my family to make a few sacrifices, and I’ve got something I think will work!  I won’t bore you with the details….but it’s a work of art.

X3. Accept that the bed might not get made.

I’ve made myself a promise: For ten weeks, I’m not going to feel guilty about the house not being perfect. I’m going to set a few chores for my kids, talk to my family about expectations, and called in a few favors to get by. We will survive.  Dust bunny’s, defeated.

X4. Sacrifice a personal day or two.

As doable as 1500 words a day sounds, I know how easy it is to fall behind. If that happens (and I’m sure it will), I’ve given myself permission to take a “me” day to get caught up. I have plenty of time banked, and am fortunate enough to work in a career that allows me some flexibility.  Now is as good a time as any to use it!  Besides, writing is kinda like a vacation anyway.

X5. Limit my querying/internet/twitter stalking to two days a week.

I once spent fifteen minutes zooming in on a picture an agent had uploaded to Twitter that happened to have her computer screen in the background JUST to see if they manuscript she was reading was mine.

Admit it…you’ve done it too.

Besides the glaring fact that this is borderline obsessive, it’s a waste of time! What would I have done if it would have been my manuscript?  Nothing!  So as hard as it is for me to “turn off the porn,” (A little FRIENDS reference for you all there) I gotta do it. It’s a heavy distraction.

So there’s my game plan!  Not glamorous by any means, but like I said – I need to see the pieces.  All my X’s and O’s are gunning toward the QB.  Let’s DO this thing!

What’s your #BGBlitz game plan look like?

Keep Writing! – Jenna P.

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