|What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I always set deadlines for all of my projects. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to complete anything.
Once I put a date on paper or in the computer, I strive my best to meet the deadline. I write when I have time and the environment to do so (quiet so I can think). I don't have a set amount of time that I spend during each session. Sometimes I have ten minutes, occasionally I have ten hours. My ultimate goal is to be a NY Times bestselling author. It will happen by December 31, 2013. There, it's on the computer, so I guess I'd better get busy!
I don't have a schedule but I write when I feel like writing or if I have time
I require at least three hours a day devoted to my writing. this may not produce anything butit keeps me withing th storylines I am writing. I presently have three novels in progress in various stages of production.
Discipline is extremely important when addressing schedules. It can be very important for reaching goals, although goals can also be adjustable. My discipline for schedules is never to miss a deadline and always clarify the milestones beforehand. The same can be true for goals, if they are concrete and can't be adjusted.
There are times when deadlines can't be met: When an article is due, for instance, but the subject for the article simply isn't available for an interview beforehand or there is a family tragedy that forces a delay. However, my goal is always to meet deadlines and let the misses be very rare.
At my age, schedules and goals are things for a day or two ahead. I write when I feel I want to, not because I have imposed some random schedule on myself.
I find that I have to give myself over to the process of writing and creating entirely. I am not one of those writers that can write from 8 - 6 each day - although I think that is wonderful if you can! I find that when I get the inspiration, I have to just write, no matter what time it is or how much sleep I have had. While writing my first book, The Flow: 40 Days to Total Life Transformation, I rarely slept, often jumping out of bed at 3AM with whole pages of the book in my head. I love the feeling of being in that flow - in that creative process, and I just can't stop it once it starts.
I'm not a very disciplined person. For the most part, I decided I should write everyday. I have also made a small list of two books that I want to have written within the next two years.
I write every morning before breakfast. On school days, that means getting up at five am. I write at any other opportunity I am given. I have only vague ideas about deadlines and rarely meet them. I often switch projects and that delays completion. When I come back to something after a break I usually make better progress.
I write when I feel like it; that way my enjoyment is not spoiled.
I usually write at my own pace. My last script was the first time I had a crazy deadline. A full feature in 6 weeks!!
I mapped out how many pages I wanted to have written each day and if I wrote more I made a point to not slack off and say "I'm ahead of schedule" but to keep pushing. I ended up finishing the script in 14 days.
I am a note taker, anything and everything is written down and crossed off when completed and on time. I cannot "stand" to have things undone.
Not a lot. Nothing really involving numbers, anyway. I like getting books written in a hurry [my average is about two weeks], but it's not like I'm gonna fire me.
I tend to notice when my wordcount hits about sixty thousand, which I consider a deplorable minimum for a true novel [some call it forty thousand; I call that a greetingcard], but I don't really plan toward anything like that.
I did write a book last year in a huge hurry--about three days--in order to format it and release it for the Kindle while its topic was still trending at twitter.com. But that's rare. Usually, I just write when I feel like writing, until the story's done. If that takes seventy-two hours or seventy-two weeks, I'll have what I'd wanted, in the end.
Fortunately, most of what I do is according to some externally-imposed deadline, so self-discipline is very easy. When I don't have a particular deadline, I make it a point to write one good piece - whatever it is - every day.
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