Time to Write

Wednesday, 11 January 2012


Tonight’s post is going to have to be a short one.
No, seriously. I’m going to make it quick.
Today is Wednesday, which is the day I am supposed to post about writing. Thing is, I don’t feel like I’ve done any writing in a while. I’ve done loads of prep—loglines, blurbs, plotting, even a synopsis, but no actual writing.
One of the things I decided to do at the beginning of the year was print up weekly spreadsheets to use as to-do lists. They are awesome (even the girl at work who I’m training is blown away by my organizational skills)! They are divided not only by day, but there is a section for work-related tasks, school, writing, and coaching. And between the Susan Meier Goal Workshop, Chalene Johnson 30-Day Challenge, and Jeff Olsen’s The Slight Edge I have been able to accomplish more in these first 11 days of the month than I did all month in December!
The only thing I haven’t really worked out yet is how and when I’m going to squeeze in my much needed writing time. So far the writing tasks I have done haven’t really fit to a schedule. I’ve been getting around to them after everything else is done (so I have nothing else weighing on my mind) and I haven’t spent a set amount of time on any of them.
My next step is to set a time (and amount of time) for the actual writing each day. I know I want to complete one scene a day. That’s how I did it in the past and it seems to work best for me. I was easily able to hit 1000 words in an hour. These days, though, a scene equates to more like 2,500 words. Right now, I truly can’t figure out where to squeeze in 3 hours of writing in a day (maternity leave is going to be so awesome for this). In the meantime, I’m just going to try to squeeze in as much time as possible, I just need to set a time to do it each day.
And now, I really need to get started. So, I’m off to write.
What’s your writing routine? Do you set a time limit or a word count?

4 comments

  1. I get up early and try to free write for an hour before the kids get up, but I don't set targets - they do. If I only write a blog post or a blurb, that's still writing, still word count,and I'm happy with that. The maximum I've ever done is 30K, which was insane! 2K a day is reasonable if I have something specific I'm working on and fitted around the family.

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  2. Thanks for your comment, Pippa. I can't imagine 30k in a day! Did you eat or sleep? :)

    I'm aiming for 2500 per day, but while I'm still taking classes, it's going to be hard.

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    1. I was on the computer about 17 hours in all. Seriously I didn't eat the whole day. I couldn't. I was so tied up in the story, so desperate to get it down. But that was a one off, lol, and I certainly wouldn't advocate doing it as a regular thing.
      I think the key is to squeeze it in wherever you feasibly can. I never set a limit (that just adds to the pressure if you have other things that need to be done - like classes, kids, or even the eating and sleeping things, lol) but it's amazing how much you can hammer out in half an hour if that's all you get.

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  3. For some reason, I cannot use the reply link above. Oh well. I can't imagine 17 unimterrupted minutes right now, lol. The worst of it is that once I get the monster to bed I am so exhausted (being pregnant is no fun) that I can barely get myself to bed. I'm counting down the dyas to maternity leave. At least then I won't have full-time work keeping me away from writing in the day.

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