I'm not really very disciplined at all, which kind of explains why I've been working on the Quest for 16 years. I am happy to say I am working on that, though.
I write as a second job. I am a paralegal, so my work has to come after household tasks, fitness, shopping, and other daily obligations. Luckily, I am a night person, and get my best work done after midnight, when the house is quiet.
At the moment, I don't really set any schedules. With my current work schedule and all, writing has to come second. I don't set time aside to write, I just let the inspiration hit me, wherever I am, and put down as much as possible.
I make sure that the deadline is based on what I feel as a reader of other books that I would want to see. For example I wouldn't want to see an author write a book series and wait for years between the books. I consider this when I write.
I've tried to create and stay on a schedule but ofetn it doesn't work out the way I planned. I have reached the goals set in 2008 and hope I continue on that path
I am usually, serious, punctual and I try to stay focused.
I'm absolutely terrible at schedules as far as writing goes, or most anything for that matter. Much of my work is done at random, with a sort of whenever I can attitude.
I do however have goals that I set. Actually, I make a list and post it on my pinboard just above my computer so I don't forget them. Luckily that list has no cronological order.:-)
I am a very proud, disciplined man. When I start a project, I WILL finish it. One of my pet peeve's is starting something and not being able to finish it. When I start on a novel, I work on it every waking moment until I reach... The End.
If I am downstairs writing there is no tv for me unless my husband is in the room. As far as scedules and goals I work on my novel on the weekend and I do writing exercises during the week to help me improve where I may be weak.
I write always in the same place at the same time. Routine is my master. The outline is my guide. The plot is the limitations. Marshall Mchulan describes art as the delination of time and space within which the artist creates. Again art takes method. Talent is a small part of it. Rube Goldberg's dad had many sons. Rube got to go to college, not because he was the smartest but because he had the most patience.
I write a page a day. If I can use it great, if not I still practice my writing!
Unless I'm trying to sell my work, I do not at present have an agent, I try to write something each day.
Wild varation here, my husband is a college professor and I have two sons in school, so I have an internal clock geared to the school schedule. I try to have goals, but much of my work is out of my hands, in terms of deadlines, assignments, etc.
I don't know that I would call it a discipline. Sometimes I just decide that I will write a particular book in a particular year. For instance, I wanted to do the first draft of my fourth book in my series about my childhood in the year 2008. Thankfully, my granddaughter kept pressuring me to write it, so I reached my goal in the month of November. I have decided that January 2009 will be used to prepare for a contest.
If you have a deadline to meet,...meet it. If not, do the heck you want to do.