Pomodoro for the Win!

This has been a good week for the writing–enough to make up for the last, lousy week. I spent about two hours on Sunday trying out the Pomodoro method, as suggested in Write Better, Faster. One thing I liked about that book was that it also gave suggestions on applying the efficiencies therein toΒ other aspects of writing beyond the first draft: outlining, editing, and publishing tasks like cover design and formatting.

Monday was Dog’s Nite Out at the ice cream shop. Isis was so eager for her doggy cup that she almost launched herself into the window when we went to order!

Isis orders ice cream


She also saw her Rottie friend there who we met last month:

Isis and rottie

And she made some new friends, a pair of Irish Wolfhounds, and an Ibizan (in back, in the photo below) who was also named Isis!

Isis makes new friends

Blind TemptationWhat I read this week: Blind Temptation, by Stacy McKitrick. I was mostly focused on my own writing, so have not yet finished this book, but close! This is a really different vampire story in that the vampire is a girl who was turned as a teen, so that’s what she looks like, even though she’s over 300 years old. The hero is blind–a totally capable and lovable guy, and a nice change from the typical “alpha” male that typically is found in vampire books. How his sightlessness works with the romance was well-done, and effectively demonstrates the theme. It is book 3 of a series, but these each stand alone and do not need to be read in order. If you like vampire romances but enjoy something a bit different, definitely get this one! Disclaimer: this was published by my publisher–hey, they have great taste! πŸ™‚ But I bought my copy.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: My goal was to finish writing in the revisions for three chapters–I did five and finished the book! So this week’s goal is to type in the changes, and complete this draft. This coming weekend will be a busy one, so I’m hoping to get 10 chapters. That may be a bit ambitious, but with the Pomodoro method to help me stay focused, is doable, I hope!

What about you–have you ever tried, or at least heard of–the Pomodoro technique, and if so, how did it work for you? Have you made any new friends this week, in person or otherwise? What would you do if that was looking in at you through an ice cream shop window? And how are you doing on whatever goals you might be working toward, whether writing or not? Please share in the comments–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. I’ve never tried the Pomodoro technique, but it sounds interesting and I’m thinking I’ll have to try it and see how it helps my productivity. I usually try to write in longer blocks, so it will be interesting to break my work up into smaller chunks of time.

    Isis is such a cutie. I can’t imagine how excited my beagle would be if she knew she was getting ice cream!

    Have a great week, Jennette!

  2. I used to do something like the Pomodoro technique where in my time off from the task I’d do yoga. However, I have a hard time re-entering tasks, so it is best I just go in and stick with it. Everyone works differently! Glad you found success with it.

  3. I have not heard of the Pomodoro Effect. I hope it works for you. And I’m glad to see that you’re trying to incorporate something you’ve learned from a guidebook. I’ve read a lot of books on craft, but haven’t tried to put into practice most of the suggestions. Not sure why; I guess nothing really struck me as being essential.

    And what is it with dogs and ice cream? I’m quite certain it’s my dog’s favorite treat.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  4. So glad your week went better, Jennette. I haven’t tried the Pomodoro method. I had a difficult time with productivity last year due to a bunch of family stuff. Then I discovered Christine Kane’s blog. She’s a life/marketing coach who does a lot of “soul” work. Late last year, I registered for her new Becoming 360 program, and it was amazing. It got me going again. We all need to find that something that works for us, don’t we. πŸ™‚

  5. How polite she looks waiting for her doggy cup of ice cream! So sweet. πŸ™‚
    I’m plugging along with my writing stuff. Right now I’m working on cover stuff while waiting for my edits to come back. Still figuring out my time management since I started another job a few months ago, but also wondering if I’m using that as an excuse for procrastination!
    Hope your week is a good one. πŸ™‚

  6. I love the Pomodoro technique! I’ve only used it for writing, and if I know where the story is going, the productivity is great. But the best thing (and the reason I started it) is that 25 minutes typing and 5 minutes walking hallways and stairs is much better for my back! Keep it up, sounds like great things are happening.

  7. Denise, you can make your “pomodoros” any length of time (though an hour would probably be max). Isis does love her ice cream!

    Gloria, sometimes my breaks are longer than 5 min. Actually, they usually are. But I stay much more focused when I’m doing the writing.

    Patricia, I’m like that with a lot of craft books. I think we get so we internalize what works for us. And yes, Isis loves Dogs’ Nite Out!

    LOL Stacy – I usually don’t know what mine are, but they come out in revisions! “Love is blind,” huh? πŸ˜€

    Sheila, it’s amazing how much that stuff derails us. For me, it was my health, and hard to get back into it even when I felt better. I will have to check out that blog!

    Coleen, the job can be an excuse to procrastinate, or it can spur us to work more on the writing, since we have less time for it. Good luck finding your groove!

    Jennifer, it really helps keep me focused on revisions too! And what a great way to use your breaks. I need to do that!

  8. Hee, hee, hee, look at Isis! She’s so cute! What a clever idea for an Ice Cream Parlor. And everybody gets ice cream. How awesome is that? Wow, you came alive girl. So great to hear how well the writing is going. That Pomodoro method really resonated with you. Thanks for reminding me about that. I meant to buy it. Ack, I’m losing my mind. It’s the move. Will I ever be settled? Enjoy the great spring weather! ((Hugs)) πŸ™‚