|What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
Discipline has never really worked for me; Iíve always been a bit rebellious. Over the years, Iíve tried to write consistently each day, but I find that the muse simply canít be forced. Since I also have a full-time job, it can be challenging to stick to a writing schedule. I find that what helps most is being open to inspiration and willing to jot down whatever occurs to me. I like to ruminate on a story throughout the day; inevitably, something arises in my imagination so that when I do sit down to write (I tend to do it in the evening these days), the words often come rather easily because the ideas already have.
It depends on whether I am under contract or not. If I am
under contract to produce a book according to a print/release
deadline then the discipline is focused and rigid. If it is a
development idea/project then usually I will choose my own
time and be quite relaxed about any writing schedule or goal.
My achilles heel! I am not disciplined at all, I would very much like to change that, but when I have tried to set a writing schedule, the blank page overwhelms me and I get a massive case of writer's block. However, as I mentioned before, when it flows, it flows, so I am not sure that for me, it's a good idea to impose a schedule.
I believe the old truth that "a writer is someone who writes" and so I set myself specific goals in terms of time spent each day in writing (usually between 8.00pm - 9.30pm each evening). That is complemented by a period of some three weeks each year when I work on the current novel full time and aim to complete a full draft in that time.
I like to write every day and aim for 2-3000 words, but these days I'm so distracted by promotion necessities and other business that I've put off completing the novel in progress until late December or January.
I set myself a word limit to complete on days that I write - 1000 words a day. I base deadlines and schedules on estimations based on this limit.
Self-discipline is a big part of my life as a dancer then ballet teacher. I don't make schedules. When a job needs to be done, I do it and never miss a deadline.
Goals are that dream, one day I'll get there. In the meantime, I do what I can.
None, spur of the moment suits me fine. I'm always checking for new material, whenever the impulse hits.
I work well to a deadline - once I know when the piece has to be finished, and pace myself to meet it. For my last book, for months I got up every morning before I went to work and wrote for an hour or so, and then put in several hours over the weekend.
None. I write when I have time.
I give myself "assignments" and time limits. The big time limit will come from the publisher, but the little ones are set by me. I'll need X done by such and such day, etc. I'm pretty good at sticking with it, but there are always excuses if one needs to find an excuse. still, I'm a pretty strict taskmaster when it comes to getting my work done.
I do this as a part time enjoyment so I am not restricted to any time lines
I don't. We all have good days and bad days. My writing comes from my soul, and if I had to force myself to write on a bad day, the result would be bad, and I wouldn't want to put my readers through that.
When I start writing something, and I know I want to finish it, it just gets finished. But I don't write very long pieces.
I tell myself I have to publish a novel by the age of 30. I'm sort of working towards it so I won't be giving up anytime soon.
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