You’ve decided to get serious about your writing. You realize that what you are doing isn’t working. You want to make sure this project gets done by its deadline.
Whatever the reason, you need to make sure you are implementing a writing schedule to get some stuff done. I’ve been there. I’ve gone through different stages of writing – as an occasional activity, a hobby, a side job, a career – and each has required a different schedule. In fact, I often switch up my schedule for different projects depending on what’s needed to get the job done.
For example, if I have a deadline to meet, I will make sure I am completing things in enough time to make changes and properly edit my drafts. I will give myself extra time at the end, to ensure I can have time to use on anything unanticipated should something come up. I will also put other things to the side if need be to make sure I am able to stick to my timeframe.
If I don’t have a pressing deadline or am able to write at my leisure, I still stick to a schedule. It simply won’t be as rigid. I will take some time in the morning, afternoon, and evening to sit down and get things done. This time in important, and it must be made a priority in order to make sure I am able to write. If I don’t treat it seriously, nothing will get done and my goals won’t be met.
I tend to split up my writing day out of necessity and personal preference. I have a family, a home, and other commitments to take care of, so I work them into my daily schedule as well. I also prefer to get up and move regularly. This leaves me with three periods of time to write per day, the last of which tends to lead into the quiet evening hours in my home where everyone else is fast asleep. I like this, and plan for it. I know exactly what I am going to be working on during the first two writing sessions and then I utilize the last one to take on anything that needs doing as a result of the first two and plan for the next day. Sometimes this means I am working for a while, and sometimes this means I am done rather quickly after wrapping things up.
The key to creating a writing schedule that will work for you is to take the time to determine what you need to do and how you will be able to do it. You will need to be realistic about your life and your capabilities, as putting too much pressure on yourself won’t help you be successful. Remember that you can make changes as you need to until you find a schedule that works for you.