|What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I start 'work' around 5am, and try do writing and writing-related tasks in two-hour blocks, followed by a 20-30 minute break. I am to work 6 hours a day X 5days a week. Also, I frequently have to prepare for public speaking so that interrupts my schedule.
Time is my main discipline. I don't have goals for the number of pages/chapters because I may feel stale in one section, so I move to research etc., or feel inspired and simply follow that thought to it's conclusion. Then I have to find a home for the inspiration. That's not too hard usually.
Although I do "need to" get working and finishing my pretend book.
I make daily and weekly goals because my life will not abide a fixed schedule. When I don't meet these goals I cannot sleep and am beset with a generalized anxiety so it's very important to do so for my physical and mental health. I try to set modest goals and exceed them if possible.
My life is structured but does not lack spontaneity at the same time. I practice goal-setting and structure my schedule around those. My process follows Steven Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" concept of following a schedule based on priorities, not necessarily tasks. I feel successful when I maintain a routine that focusses on that first.
That said, I do keep a calendar, notebook and "goal" notebook with me at all times. I'm constantly writing "to do" lists and jotting down ideas that spontaneously present themselves, then schedule it all into my day or month as time allows.
I usually have some type of deadline for a journalistic or corporate piece, and it's usually a relatively short turn-around - perhaps a week or two. I try to schedule any interviews at least a week before an article is due, which gives me enough time to write it up and do any follow up if necessary.
I am frequently juggling several clients' projects simultaneously, so I devote a portion of the day to each project - depending on the immediate need and deadlines. My only goal is to turn in the work on time or even a day or two early whenever possible. If there is a problem, such as an interview being cancelled or a no-show, I always alert the client immediately and often get a few days' extension.
I am not one of those people who can set themselves a target, say of 2,000 words a day, or whatever. I admire those who can do that.
But when I am in the throes of writing a novel, sometimes I can barely get the words out fast enough and the rest of my life goes haywire. Other times, when the words won't come, I still write something every day, even if it is only rewriting or editing. For me editing is a continuous process.
None. I use to some years ago until I realized it took out all the fun, and then I let this go, though this letting go has taken me sometime.
my discipline is easy: i write for usefulness. If i conclude people need to know this and nobody but me spread it, then i step forward. As my religion thought me: the best person, is the most useful person. Thus i use my writings due to usefulness principle.
I must say...as writing is not a career...but instead a part time job/passion...I don't impose strict goals on myself. The one thing I do everyday is write in my blog and that keeps me always stretching my mind/thoughts, which I believe is a good thing.
I am not disciplined enough and I need to havea good stretch of time in front of me to really organise myself properly. I am good at making excuses to myself, but when I start to write I hate having to stop for anything, meals included.
I have no real schedule or discipline; although, the evenings seem to be when my mind is more suited for writing.
I like working on more than one work at a time. Being able to go back and forth when stumped, brain dead, on any one helps. Going back later brings new ideas, sometime coming from another work.
It helps that I write by first being brief, going back time to time filling in details encountered. Often I write the beginning, the end, and then everything in between.
Well, my readers are always begging for me to post more of my online story, and I do that for fun... So, I do try to upload as much as possible. I've rather strict on myself, but I love writing so much that it doesn't matter. I write a little bit every day, and try to post a chapter every three days. But, should probably make it once a week, because I am studying at the moment.
I always set goals but I don't always stick to my schedules. I think too much rigidity can hurt a person, so I listen to my brain and my body a lot to decide when I need to take a break and go off schedule a bit, but also to know when to write. I have goals set for this year, this decade, this month, this season. I like to keep things broad so I have wiggle room. As for schedules, it's easy for me because I balance both my writing and my drawing, so if I find I can't do one, I can do the other. I like to make sure I get something, like a couple of paragraphs or a character sketch or something like that, done every night.
I always meet my deadlines.
If I'm writing a first draft 1,000-2,000 words a day. When I'm editing, it is difficult to say since it depends on how well the first draft worked.
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