Honestly, I put our kids schooling first before I even attempt to write. I don't usually get to the writing board until after everyone is in bed and our day is done. It's a fantastic way for me to relax.
My passion is writing. I write for pleasure so it is unheard of for me not to write, eagerly, every moment I have available to write. Looking at my production down through the years, it seems that if I don't produce one short story a week or one novel or self-help book every two or three months I feel like I am cheating life.
Discipline is applied from outside!!!
I generally don't punish myself for missing a goal or something, and I don't use schedules. It doesn't work like that for me; I just need to relax and let myself work. Deadlines are okay for me, I'll just make more opportunities so that I can work, but generally I'm not beating myself up and avoiding privileges.
I do give myself rewards though. If I meet a goal I'll reward myself by going out for lunch or doing something fun I've been wanting to do.
none, writing is a pleasure, it should not be timed.
Someone once described me as an unstructured individual. I guess I am. I have to be inspired. I am not inspired, I don't write, but read. I have to read to be inspired. I don't think I can answer this question.
I am schedule oriented. When it needs to be done, it gets done. Its as simple as that.
I work full time so I need to follow my 8 hrs/day work schedule.
I try to sit down and write for at least and hour a day. Sometimes its tough because I have a full time job too, but I really make an effort. If I am close to finishing a novel, I take Vacation time and spend 8 hours a day trying to wrap it up.
Working on that. It was easy when I lived by myself. I'm not selfish enough.
During the first draft, the goal of my writing day is 1000 words. Once I get them down - no matter the quality - I'm free. Sometimes this is like getting blood from a stone, and I'll only get to 600 or something, but usually it works. The words might be terrible, but it's important for me to feel I'm building mass.
Subsequent drafts might involve the 1000 word goal or solving a particular problem, or rewriting a particular scene, per day. And for drafts I'll also give myself a deadline - a date by which the draft has to be finished. This is not only good for me, in providing the momentum I need, but is also useful for fending off distractions. You can tell people you're working to a deadline so can't take on other tasks until that deadline is met.
I write every day for at least two hours. I work a very demanding job or I would spend six hours a day writing, which is what I do on most weekends. I write in the early morning before I leave for work.
So far, writing's proved to be a treat that everything else gets shunted from my schedule to accommodate, so it hasn't needed any discipline whatever!
I really want to write a novel, though, and once I'm clear on what it's going to be about it'll be interesting to see whether I still feel that way then, or if I really have to start imposing targets on myself.
As of now, though, I can safely say that the only discilpine, shedules, goals, etc. I need to set are to make sure the other aspects of my life get some attention, too!
Well, I do miss many - simply because I'm a perfectionist and need to craft the final version before submission... My publishers probably hate me!
In terms of schedules and goals, I think the reason I so often fail to finish my projects is purely because I set increasingly high expectations - I always feel I should be better and faster. It has what made me so good an employee in companies, but in writing, with only me to measure my success, I go too far.
Another reason I'm enjoying my current project is because it isn't so dependant on finishing, its all about just writing.
At the same time I'm looking forward to NaNoWriMo, I'm going to try and complete a promise to myself last year, that I will hit the 100k in November. Thats the kind of pressure I put myself under, though if I get it right I thrive under the pressure. With just one week and a weekend left to go, the first time I did NaNoWriMo, I did three quarters of the word count.