ScriBuJo 06

For the weekly planning, you’ll need a simple table with as much box as days you can write. No other rules. Some cute boxes can also work, if you don’t overdo it. You can add a box for the tasks to do for this week, that are not time-related.

Some people works better with weekly goals, some with monthly, I ask you to try both (for 2 or 3 months, to test it in conditions) then you choose. It’s not by saying « Hmm, that doesn’t work for me » that you’ll know if it works or not. If you tried something likely and it sends you to depression, I won’t hold it against you if you pass your turn. It’s your ScriBuJo, do what you want as long as it’s working.

For the weekly planning, you have to put tasks on the available sections of the week.

First, you have to list when you can write.

Take care to always put a manageable task, nearly easy. The goal is to cross it, not to put you under pressure because you took more than you can eat.

As I already told on the January’s challenge: if you can write 1000 or 2000 words a day when everything is fine, put a goal of 500. You’ll do it every day and it will motivate you to continue. The big goal can be the secondary objective, this one is to make you proud of yourself. You have to make 500 every day, even if you don’t want to, if you’re tired or busier than the usual.

Take care of the other side of the coin: don’t tick 5 boxes for 10 minutes of works (you may if you deserve it). You can design task so they’ll be just at the limit of your comfort zone (if you’re interested, I’ll put a post on it later).

The other possibility is to adapt the task to the session. If you have a medical appointment that will take all you afternoon, you can divide the word count goal by two.

I recommend, from my experiments, to set a word count or time goal plus a more precise goal. As start scene six, finish chapter three, even if chapter goal is quite difficult. According to people, a chapter can be 500 words or 30ish pages and it varies from chapter to chapter. It’s fine for a week or a month, but I won’t try it for a day. As I plot much, I work with scenes (from 500 to 1500 words) and I add chapter later.

You can also put « work on this chapter », it’s vague enough, so you can tick it when you did it without falling into the trap: »I thought about it, it’s enough ». If you’re writing it isn’t working, but if you’re plotting, it works. Every minute spent thinking about your story is a usefully used minute. Yeah, writing is not only putting words on the page or on a sheet of paper. There are differents ways and you can think during hours if this character will say this or that before writing a single sentence.

If it motivates you, you can use a different way of ticking boxes or a colour coding like I do here (no translation yet but it’s for the pictures only).

It’s up to you to choose what to do if you are ahead of your planning: either you let it as it is or you can move it to keep the same amount of work each week.

You have to find what’s working better with you: « I’m ahead » or « Great, I did more and I’ll continue with this pace ». Both have advantages and drawbacks. It can also change from time to time. That’s why you always have to question what you think you know.

Each day, as you make you daily page, or the previous day, or at the end of the previous session, or at the beginning of the new session, you rewrite what you have on your planning for this session. At the end, you tick what you were done, if you don’t do it along. And to use it all, we’ll talk about the weekly review tomorrow.

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