|What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
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.
I am actually somewhat of a work-a-holic. When I started writing freelance, I was still working a very demanding full time career as a Human Resource Manager in the manufacturing industry. Now that I am working full time as a Writer, I have a schedule set for myself to complete projects and do my own writing daily. I pretty much work every day of the week and do everything else around my writing!
Because of other things in my life I have no scheduling process to speak of. I write when I can.
I am sitting at my computer at 4 AM or so, seven days a week. I carefully slip off my shoes, step into the alphabet vat and start stomping out word wine.
None. I have to take care of everything else first. And then I can spend a few hours writing and rewriting my latest project.
When I start a story or novel I try to write every day until it's done.
I just get it done, ahead of schedule or ontime at the very least.
I am a laid-back person who spends all day, every day creating whatever comes to mind in art and/or writing. My strongest discipline is that I never give up regarding my goals in art and writing. I keep going, keep trying, keep creating and stay focused.
Writing is like a business. The Beatles once told me that they spend wight hours in the studeo because it is their job. Besides writing books, I write articals, and news stories, and yes it is a job, I freelance soI do that when needed. When writing boks, I love doing that so the discipline comes naturally.
None, I can't stand rules. I am a very impulsive person and I don't like ruining things with a lot of restrictions and forced expectations. I like to go with the flow.
This changes depending on what is going on in the rest of my life. What has seemed to work out best for me is to set aside at least one and preferably two writing days where I don't answer the phone and only stop long enough to eat.
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