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Setting up a writing schedule


You are serious about your writing and this means that you want to make sure you have the time to dedicate to your craft. How can you set up an effective schedule to make sure you are making progress?

To write, you will need to have the time to do so set aside. To get this, you will need to take a look at your schedule and see where you can fit in some time to write. If you are lucky, you may find some areas of your life where you can sit down and toss some words at your computer screen. However, it’s likely that you will need to carve this time out of an already packed schedule. Think about the times you could alter your schedule, like writing instead of watching television in the evening, or getting up a little earlier to write before you need to start getting ready for the day. There is likely a bit of time in each day that you can set aside to pursue your goals if you are looking for it hard enough, even if it means making sacrifices in other areas.

While it is helpful to have time each day, many people know this can be difficult to work into a schedule. Some may want to block off a larger period of time to get things done. This may be a Saturday morning when you have someone else play with the kids and you can head off to the library. It may be a late night once or twice a week. Whatever you wind up with, guard this time. Make sure your respect it just as you would the other commitments in your life. Don’t break these plans if you can help it and make an effort to let others know how important your writing is to you so they can support you in taking this time to yourself.

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