The writing schedule, at least for me, needs to be etched in stone.
The best advice I had gotten early on in my writing was to write often and write a lot. I tell new authors to let their muse roam as wide and far as possible in the beginning.
Starting off as a writer that could devote full-time hours to my craft had many benefits. It had given me the time on paper to find, learn, and get comfortable with my voice and style. It was also the most fun because I was completely oblivious to the other ten things that I needed to focus on which included marketing, submission, and promotion. Or I was oblivious to how much time and effort that I would need to accomplish all of them.
In the past, my writing schedule was all encompassing.
If I needed to write a synopsis then I would use my writing time. If I had to do research for my book I used my writing time. I viewed time for writing, research, and marketing for the book in the same light.
Wish I had known: It is imperative to keep “writing time” separate from other purposes even if they have to do with the building of your author empire.
The writing schedule that I use is as follows:
6-7 am weekdays, every day
8-10am Tuesday and Wednesday (This is where going part time helps)
6-10am weekends, every day
Now, ahem, I have written outside of these times and the occasional holiday is excellent for my word count in any given week but these specific times are non-negotiable
That’s 17 productive hours every week! I finished the outline of my novel Tanaka B2 in 3 months.
Keep in mind every writing session will not flow like you want. And that’s okay because another writing tip I have used expands on the no distractions rule.
If the words aren’t coming and I can’t get my head in the game I will not get up and multitask, I am here to write.
There are many factors that go into creating the best schedule for you.
In my case, these times are before the people in my house are up and need assistance and after the house is empty or asleep. You’ll notice the hour between 7 and 8am. This time is allotted to getting children out the door or getting myself to work.
No one is perfect. Even I had a week where family visited and life got in the way but when you realize how much you can write when you focus. It’s a beautiful thing.
I listened to a great interview from The Creative Penn that may resonate with you
The Creative Penn Podcast interviewed author Mark McGuinness. I learned what resistance is and how it interferes with motivation.
You can check out the book for yourself Motivation for Creative People: How to stay creative while gaining money, fame and reputation.