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short story writingMy goal for October was to write two short stories. Happy to share that I met that goal and started another story. I am ahead of schedule! To help reach this goal, I committed to 4-5 hours per week of writing. Since I didn’t expect those extra hours to just appear out of nowhere, I made some lifestyle changes and adjustments to my usual routine:

  1. Cut my fitness time in half. I used to exercise for 60-90 minutes, 6 days per week. From now until February (my target month to finish the first draft of this collection), I’m sticking with 30 minutes, 5 days per week.
  2. Signed up for a month-long productivity class. I’m loving this Systems for Productivity class. When it ends in two weeks I will share a re-cap of the most helpful changes I’ve made as a result of it. I am obsessed with productivity!
  3. Added more digital ‘dark days’ to my routine. A year ago, I started taking one day off of social media each week. Over time, I’ve gradually built more ‘dark days’ into my life. I’m currently up to 3.5 and by next week I aim to be totally dark 4 days per week. If I would have done that right away it would not have been a natural shift, but making adjustments over time helped it fit. This means fewer distractions and less maintenance!

My goal for next month is two more short stories. Stay tuned for an update in late November!

If you missed the first installment of my process for these stories, check out Month 1: Short Story Collection Planning