|What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
Seriously, I try to look at my week and set a reasonable word goal for the week, but that's about it. I do think it's important to spend some time writing every day. Life doesn't always allow for it, but it's a goal, and part of why I like to spend my mornings with coffee, email, and writing.
My usual weekly goal is around 5000 "good" words (i.e. not free writing or "word salad").
I work fulltime in PR so I fit my writing round work and my family. I don't set goals as I'd just get frustrated and disappointed with myself for not reaching them.
I sleep when I want, and I get up whenever I want. Yes, the only thing that I think is very necessary is doing sports during the day, and listening to music when I write.
Now is a brutal time for me. Trying to find time to write, run a business, parent 4 children, and live healthy is a challenge. I nudge myself, I don't push.
I think it's important to have a writing schedule. You can't always rush the creative process, but it's important to give it a little shove every now and then.
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.
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