If this is me in the morning...
...then this is my husband...
And then we're pretty much reversed when it's after 7pm in the evening and I become the groggy one and he becomes the crazy awake one.
Anyway, I digress.
My new morning routine:
I wake up at 5:45. I get up, throw on some work-out clothes and sit at my office desk. I plug in headphones to my laptop and play ambient music from Pandora. Then, for one hour, I write.
The time flies by... I've done this for three days in a row and it's been fantastic. Though writing more consistently keeps me awake to the painful reality that I have so much more writing to do, it is unbelievably good for me. I am making progress. Bit by bit I am chipping away at my goal. And that feels reallyreally good.
I have reworked the opening to my story and I like the new beginning. I need to continue to hash out some strong specifics in terms of overall plot. And I need to nail down EXACTLY how the book series is going to end. I've always been a fan of authors who so clearly and diligently wrote with the end in mine. That's what made me fall in love with Charles Dickens. He was a master at planting plot points and details in the beginning of a story (and at first glance they seem inconsequential). Then, at the end of the book, it becomes clear how all those little details and plot points were leading up to a triumphant and expertly crafted finish.
After I write for an hour I record how many words I wrote and my length of time. I bought one of those gigantic desk calendars and I write down my word count and time spent writing each day. It's a big glaring reminder for me to stay on track. I also use the desk calendar to record the miles that I run each day. Speaking of which, after my hour of writing I drag my husband out of bed, grab breakfast, and we hit the gym. So far, so good! I'm averaging 1.5-2 miles a day!
Once I get the beginning of my story really nailed down I'll post it for everyone's perusal. Eek! Hold me to it. I need to stay on track. Plus, I'll definitely be needing some honest feedback! Stay tuned!