by Lindsey Richardson
I’ve talked about the importance of a writing schedule before on the blog, but tonight we’re talking about the importance of adjusting that schedule.
This is something this year –this month more specifically –that I found out is so crucial.
We tend to get set in our day to day routines, which means if you have let’s say 9pm as your normal writing time that you either do or don’t write at 9pm each night. The problem with getting stuck to a strict schedule or a “normal” schedule when writing is that it can lead to you being just that –stuck.
For me I used to always write at night because I work in the daytime. It made sense to have my designated writing time to be around 9 or 10pm because that was the free time I had to sit down and write.
But recently I discover I wasn’t writing as much or even at all for long periods of time. I was too tired or I actually had plans at night that kept me out late.
So recently I switched my schedule to writing in the daytime during my lunch breaks. It gives me less time to write, and usually if I’m lucky I only manage 20-30 minutes, but now at least I’m making progress. No matter how small it’s still something. And it means whatever I get done in the day leaves me with more free time during the night –and might I mention, less stress and guilt.
So if you feel like your current writing schedule isn’t working don’t be afraid to change it up. In fact, I encourage you to change it. Try different times of the day (or night) to write. Test it out for a few days or weeks maybe. Whatever you find to be the most successful, that’s what you should go with.
When making your writing schedule, remember:
- You don’t need to write every day.
- You’re allowed a break (or breaks) –however long those may be
- Do what feels the most comfortable (less stress = a happier writer)
- Find an efficient way to track your daily progress –especially if that’s the sort of thing that motivates you
- Always give yourself options –maybe there are several times in the day you can write, or maybe you just got some unexpected spare time that can make up for any previous “slack” in the week
- Don’t be afraid of change
I hope this can help somebody out there who is struggling with time management and productivity. I think it’s really healthy to change up your writing schedule and to reevaluate it each month or so to see what’s working and what’s not.
Guest post contributed by Lindsey Richardson. Lindsey is a fantasy author who lives in Maryland with her husband and three cats. By the age of eighteen, Old Line Publishing expressed their interest in Lindsey’s novel, Cursed With Power. Lindsey has been both traditionally published and self published.
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Love this! “Less stress = a happy writer” That is my new mantra 🙂
It’s funny. I thought I wasn’t writing enough, but sometimes I don’t want to over write. Taking breaks have been key.
However, a writing schedule is healthy. Ok. I can start one. Need an app on my phone for this also. Any suggestions for apps?
I always find that when I set a time, or even make a schedule, my writing seems a bit forced. Allowing yourself to be comfortable is perhaps the most important thing to do! When I sit down and force it, more often than not, I dislike what I put down on paper. Being available to yourself is so important.
This helps me sooo much, in fact I live all your tips especially the one about not having to write every say. Because if I miss one day I already start to feel like a failure and stop altogether… Adjusting my writing schedule to fit my life as we speak!
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As a writer, I appreciate this discussion. Sometimes a change is needed to ignite the words suppressed by the rest of our life.
Each week is different so I schedule my writing time according to what I’m doing that week.