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Do you schedule your writing? - Corinne O'Flynn

The image here is my little blog calendar. I find it to be both helpful and inspiring when it comes to tracking my blogging. Here it is all loaded up and ready for April’s A-to-Z Challenge. Having done this a couple of years now, I know I work better with a plan. For the A-to-Z, I plot a week in advance so when it comes time to write the posts, I have somewhere to start my thinking. 

Keeping a schedule is also motivating. It’s easy to keep up with the schedule when you’ve got momentum going for you.  Notice I chose to share the snapshot from April… *slides July’s page out of view* 

The same is not true for my writing schedule. Well, I don’t actually have a writing schedule, although I do slate out time almost every day for writing. The funny thing is that it is so hard to actually stick to that time. Why is that?

Everyone has distractions. And mine are not unique: family, working from home at the same desk where writing takes place, feeding people, the internet in general, social life…

I have a quote about writing time that sits right in front of my face daily. Decorated with fun stickers just because:

So, if JK Rowling struggles to protect her writing time, I can’t be alone in this. So, how do you do it?  How do you maintain your writing time?  Are you singing the same dirge along with me? Are you able to sit for every stolen moment or are you like me and require larger blocks of time to get into the groove and really let the juices flow?

This doesn’t take into account those times when you’re just unable to squeeze a single word out of your keyboard. I have a theory about that which I’ll address in a future post.

What say you?

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  1. Fortunately I’ve been free for the last few months to write for hours and hours in the afternoon. But even before that, I made sure to spend an hour or so writing in the evenings. Most of my stuff is novel-writing, so I need at least an hour to myself in order to get into the story, remember all the plot points, re-read the chapter before, consider where everything is going, all that good stuff. Two or three hours is ideal. For that, I can get somewhere between 2000 and 5000 words written. And yes, that’s my dirty little secret. I write down daily word counts.

    1. Goodness, I envy you your 2500-5000 words at a clip. I’m working toward early rising again, that seemed to work for me for a while (and then a late night happened and that was over)

  2. I usually try to reserve the early morning hours for writing. It is the best time I have found to write and so I’ll spend an hour or two writing. If it gets later in the day, other things come up and my mind isn’t as much in the creative mode as it is in the early morning. I try to not take phone calls during that time as well and everyone including my cats knows it is my writing time!

    1. That’s awesome Don. I agree about the other things coming up in the day. It is really amazing how that happens. I keep telling myself the reason it is taking me 4x as long to finish this rewrite is because I have 4 kids. One day…

  3. I actually just do it sometime during the 24 hour period. I have no children and am not married. Due to the rigors of PD, I sort of have to “schedule” around times when I may have tremors that are bad enough to prevent me from typing. I typically do not have a specific topic and don’t do much editing. I do keep track of my daily word counts, but as I have only just begun writing seriously in any form, this is my very first challenge, thus, my 750 words a day for 80 days will be my first goal. After that is met, I will see where I stand. This is just an honor and fun to be here with you all. Thanks!

    1. Hi Mary – Sorry you struggle with PD. 750 a day is nothing to sneeze at! At least every day is a new opportunity for a fresh start! I’m setting the alarm for 6 and going to let the kids sleep in. :D

      BTW – Have you ever looked into voice-to-text software for when typing is difficult? A friend of mine looked into it after dealing with a neck injury that interfered with her ability to sit and type, and she swears by it. She uses Dragon software: http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm

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