What kind of schedule do you keep to ensure progress with your writing?
Do you keep routine hours? Do you just write when the feeling hits? Or do you set aside specific days? What tactics do you use to ensure you keep yourself moving forward?
At least an hour each week to work on a story. It could be editing, writing a new chapter, creating a new character profile, debating on killing off a character, pondering a setting, etc. Sometimes I could switch from story to story each week where there isn't much progress. But there is still something happening with the story.
I write everyday. Some days the only writing I get done is answering questions here or commenting on other sites like Facebook, but it is still writing. Other times I write letters or work on articles or fan fiction. I've started a book I work on from time to time, but it demands a lot of time editing and rewriting and sitting on it awhile before revising it again. I've only written a few chapters so far. Maybe if I stop being so picky I may finish it this year.
I set a goal of 500 words a day and keep track of it on a spreadsheet program I created through MS Excel. There are some days when I write more, today-for example-I wrote something like 4,500 words. This is great because it keeps me ahead of schedule and for the year I really do not have to write any more until the beginning of July. i will still keep writing thou and if I reach the end of the year-I will still keep writing and maybe change the goal to 750-1000 words a day. I did allow myself 4 weeks of vacation, but since I am ahead of schedule I probably will not need to use them.
I have read this before and really like this idea! I wish I could make myself stick to it!
Like the old fashioned pen and journal. And it might be later on before I get it on my pc, so sometimes it is easy to get several thousand words in one day. Working on current hubs as well as new ones
Lois, someone recommended for me and the way my mind works (massive ADD!) to use the pen and paper - and that has been great! BUT then I don't get them into the computer. I do have to find a balance.
I sometimes find it hard to type out something after I had written it. I sometimes just do it at the computer and am thinking about getting Dragon natually Speaking. I have carpal tunnel in both hands and it can be hard at times
I generally write everyday and I keep a list of hub ideas as they come to me. Often one hub idea will come as a result of another. I have taken part in Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo and will do again. Some times I set myself little challenges as well, such as writing seven hubs in seven days all on one topic or to write a set amount of words in a month. I am aiming to have at least 100 hubs by the time the summer holidays start now I am finished at uni till October.
YES! The idea of keeping a list of hubs is wonderful. I keep a list of articles in general - not all appropriate for hubs - but I had never thought of just keeping a list of hubs! These are all great answers in which I have learned some tips!
Nice question EyesStraightAhead, I always try to read and write something on daily basis as it helps me to be in touch. I try to write on latest topics and I think it is a good idea to stay in touch with writing..
To answer my own question - I don't keep a routine, which is why I am curious how others manage the "creative mind." I love the various answers, as they have helped me to assemble an idea - it isn't about "9-5" but more about getting into the habit of writing and making it part of my daily life more than it is currently. Thank you for the answers so far!
I write every night after I have finished all my house work. I found out that after nine oclock. Everyone is full and tire. They do not ask for things. They only watch television. Then I can write with out being interrupt. I love writing. I spend a lot of years studing how to be a writer. I writer every time. I have the opportunity to do it.
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