|What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I am very prolific and so I don't really need to set myself any targets.
I usually try to give myself deadlines as that enables me to organise everyday life and writing. I've always got lists of things to do.
If I don't plan and prepare and organise schedules, things can become just a piece of paper under another piece of paper and be forgotten.
Groan - this is a bad question. I impose rigid schedules and goals on myself all the time. The trouble is I don't stick to them. Oh, I mean well, I'll start off full of enthusiasm making long lists and ticking things off but then . . . there's the seduction of the internet and all that lovely information; there's the friends phone call and the dogs walk; there's that TV drama and the cream cake and . . . I'm sure you get the picture.
Set goals, then beat them. I always feel like I'm against the clock.
I am quite undisciplined because of the need to earn a crust. However, when a deadline looms, I work fast and am hardly ever late.
None, save when I have to prepare my completed work according to the publishers' requirements and times.
none. Not that I do not try, I do, but I am incapable of submitting to such discipline, but also due to the way I write it would be impossible to say I will start at 9AM. I start when the mood takes me and that could be 3AM or whatever.
I am not disciplined because I work for myself and spend alot of my time writing and work around other people and what is happening at the time. If a story needs time I will not rush it and don't need too which works well but if I were working for anyone else I would meet deadlines easily because I work well under preasure. I write 7 days a week every day of the year including Christmas day and New year.
When you're a freelancer you don't have to stick to any specific schedule as one would in a 'proper' job. I try to work in the daytime as close to 9-5 as I can because otherwise I might get tempted to be lazy. On the other hand, many of my best ideas come to me in the middle of the night so if I have to leap out of bed and straight onto the computer at that time, then so be it. When you've done a long session of writing you don't feel that ennui and desire to veg out like you would if you'd been working late at the meat-packing plant or whatever. That's because writing isn't just work, it's more than that, it's the most important thing in a writer's life. It just has to be done.
If i'm inspired, I can write a brilliant poem in less than 2 minutes, with my novel, however, i am going with the flow. I'm going to take my time.
the only discipline i use very strictly is to only write when the inspiration is there to write, if not then i can paint. I won't do anything that i don't want to.
Get up early, go to bed late. Work like a dog seven days a week - and only occasionally take a break on which you resolutely refuse to take the laptop along. (But that won't stop you thinking about how to resolve the latest glitch in your plot.) If anybody tells you that this writing business is easy, they are either a compulsive liar or a fraud - or vastly more competent than me.
I set targets for each day and always try to stay well ahead of deadline.
I set no schedules, and have no goals, other than completing a book. I write when I feel comfortable.
Uave no particular schedule, I generally write when I feel the urge
I should be more disciplined, but I am not. I write when the mood strikes. I have no set goals. Usually, when I an idea takes control of me, I start the thought process and then get in front of the computer.
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