|What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
It has yet to work.
I write every single day, without exception.
I'm big on goals. I set them then try to exceed them.
I mentioned my blogging goals earlier. I became a journalist when I was 17, so deadlines run through my veins. I'm used to balancing lots of articles at once, and writing print-perfect copy under pressure. It's a while since I quit being a full-time journalist due to family reasons, but I'm still the same writer now as I was then. So I have to write every day. I write. It's what I do. I'm also a pretentious clot.
I don't need a schedule because I spend most of my time writing. I find setting goals almost entirely useless, perhaps because I have such a strong belief in steady, almost daily writing.
Nothing really. Since I use my life experiences to write, I use everything around me to write my novels.
I have learned imposisng deadlines only stresses me out more and I hardly meet them anyway.
When I am inspired I work. Sometimes I just dabble for a few minutes. Other times it is for hours. I try to make family always come first.
I am a full-time writer, so discipline is important for me. I treat writing like a job - so I have job hours. I normally begin writing around 10:30 a.m. after I have had breakfast and have visited the health club. I write five days a week, Monday through Friday.
I'm self-motivated. That's not to say I haven't wasted gobs of time over the years, but once I'm into a story, I stick with it. Persistence is a valuable characteristic. My journalism training helped, too, I'm sure. But it you want a specific motivator, try this: give yourself a quote of words to average producing daily. Count the words at the end of each writing session. Enter the day's production on a calendar-like grid, then draw a line under that number; beneath it, keep a running total. It's like giving yourself a gold star at the end of each day's work.
I write whenever I am in a creative mood.
I am an independent free ranger and don't like to impose any restrictions on myself.
No schedule ever devised is as effective in working around my disabilities as just eating when hungry, sleeping when tired, writing and painting when I feel like it. The weather affects how well I function. I can be feeling good one hour and wipe out almost passing out the next if a front passes through.
So I seize any times that I feel halfway good to do something important and always do whatever I am up to doing. I am usually so bored from the times I'm too sick to do anything that being able to do something is exciting. I try to do something every day that at least I can look at it and see that I did something that day. On bad bad days, that can be "got up and made it to the kitchen to get my own coffee."
I try to share how God can help everyone every day. My goal is to lead as many people as possible to the Lord and the Holy Spirit. Just listen to what I have to say. God's help is free to all.
LOL schedules, goals, discipline....I just keep it all straight in my head and it all gets done in its own good time. I dont wear a watch. I do place reminders in my outlook calendar though, and I do use the calendar reminders in my cell phone, but as far as the long term big picture goes, It's vision that keeps it clear, not discipline.
I have set goals, but in the end I submit everything to the Higher Authority, the Supreme Poet up there.
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