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Setting a Schedule

Updated on January 6, 2012

My New Writing Plan

I have been taking advantage of some down time to write, some private notes and poetry, and a lot of Hubs. Too many Hubs. And the Hubs are being delivered in bursts, without real rhyme or reason to their appearance. It can't last. Soon, I will have my son back at school, with me his teacher, and that will cut into my time. Other obligations, too, will reappear, demanding my time and attention.

However, I like writing, and I have found I like writing Hubs specifically. They are more casual than other forms of writing I do. They gain an immediate response, or non-response. They have brought me into contact with some interesting people. I plan to continue writing them. I will, however, begin to write on a loose schedule, adjusting my contributions to my time and my energy level.

First, I have received some encouraging praise for my World Poetry Project series. I will continue to work on this, attempting to post a new hub in the series every Monday and Wednesday. (Look for Pindar and Sophocles next week).

Second, I have found it helpful to write my way through reading Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery. There is a lot to play with, a lot to think about, in there, and I will finish this series of hubs as well. I have finished the book, and the hubs themselves are about halfway through the book, so stopping seems wasteful. Anyway, these hubs will be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Once all for Prague Cemetery have been posted, I will continue to post reviews of what I have read on Tuesdays. Tuesdays, I think, I will keep for fictional works, while Thursdays I will post either a review of a non-fiction work, a research note on some historical topic, or a discussion of a historical period, person, question that I find interesting.

Finally, on Fridays I will post a commentary hub. This will concern something I found amusing, disturbing, or worthy of attention during the week. This is today's commentary. I don't plan to establish a list of topics for my Friday commentaries. I will decide upon them as I go along.

To all of those who have read or are still reading my hubs, I thank you. My special thanks to all who have left comments and made suggestions. I'll keep writing as long as someone keeps reading. In all honesty, I will keep writing even without readers, but it is a hell of a lot more fun when I know someone is paying attention.

Have a great day everybody.


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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you. The semester is almost upon me. I think building a schedule for yourself is wise and can only be beneficial. I also think you are so right...good writing does not come naturally to most of us, it takes practice, practice, practice. Like you I have noticed that the HP community is pretty forgiving and encouraging to young writers. I am off to finish a syllabus. I look forward to your future posts. Take care.

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      Ed Michaels 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      How does anyone become a better writer? By writing...a lot. I recently had a poem accepted for publication. It took years of writing very bad poetry to finally begin writing poetry I thought was decent, and more years and more writing to get to the point where a publisher agreed with me. My only advice on gaining comfort and facility regarding writing is to do it, and keep doing it. When I first starting writing, I didn't share my efforts with the public, just very close family and friends. Now, I am comfortable with my ability to express myself, and with the process of writing. That makes a difference. But so far, I must say, hub pages is a good community for the beginning writer to experiment within. People are, on the whole, supportive and forgiving.

      Phdast, you have a schedule I understand and do not envy. My schedule, fortunately, is not quite that demanding, and I think the time I would spend writing anyway can be devoted to hub pages without hurting too much. Of course, there could be, and probably will be, interruptions and deviations, but I think keeping an ideal schedule in mind as I write will help. It is a way of incorporating this activity into all the other activities I am already juggling. I do not have students relying on me to educate and grade them, though, or the hassles of dealing with administrators, other people's schedules (except for those of my wife and son), or external timetables. That makes a big difference. Have a good semester.

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very well done, Ed! :) The Spring semester starts Monday - meetings - teaching four classes - meetings - grading thousands, well hundreds of papers - meetings, and suddenly my time to write will be so limited.

      Five hubs a week sounds very ambitious to me, but I am thoroughly impressed at how you have organized and created a writing schedule. During the school year, I can only manage one hub, but I do try to make lots of comments and stay active in the community that way.

      And like you, I would write anyway, but it is very nice to get encouraging comments along the way. :)

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      Ealair 6 years ago from Dover, NH

      Thank you for sharing your schedule and types of hubs you're writing. I'm very shy about my writing and the more I read the more I find that people find it relaxing and have a routine for it. I especially like yours because you expressed that it's WORTH the time to you. Enjoy!