30 Days of Writing Tips – Day 17 – Schedule Your Writing

by Anne Wayman

freelance writingSuccessful freelance writers have a writing schedule. When you schedule your writing you develop your writing discipline.

The best way to begin writing regularly is to actually make an appointment with yourself  and put it on your calendar.

For example, you might decide to write one page every weekday before you go to work. Or you might plan at least four hours every weekday, three in the morning and one after lunch. Or you might base your appointments on X number of words.

Set up a schedule for a week and notice what happens. Do you stick to your plan and writer when you said you would? Great, just continue.


If, however, you discover the plan isn’t working, gently ask yourself why and what needs to change. Writing discipline generally works best when you are easy with yourself as you find out what works for you.

What kind of writing schedule do you keep?

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Write well and often,

Anne

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Brenna May 21, 2011 at 12:16 am

As a mom of small children, I usually work just whenever I can, which seems like all the time when I’m not caring for the kids. This doesn’t work out very well because then I feel like I never get a break. Scheduling is good!
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annew May 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

Back in the day I used to write when the kids were down for naps, or super early in the morning before they woke up. Didn’t always work, but…

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Elizabeth West June 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I don’t have kids, but I have a full time job and a part time writing gig. It seems like all I do is work and often find myself avoiding the computer or the page. Scheduling time helps. I need to do it more often, because I haven’t had time to work on my latest novel. I really would like to finish the poor thing.

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Bill Swan May 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm

The one problem I’ve run into is remembering that large blocks of time don’t need to be reserved for a schedule to work. Being used to working 8 hours or more per day, it can be difficult to realize that you don’t need to have all 8 hours in one large chunk.
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annew May 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

Yep, amazing what can be done even in 15 minute increments… as long as there are lots of ‘em.

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