|What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
If I didn't have strict disciple when writing this book it could have been lost. Just as I put the finishing touches on it my computer crashed. But my friend Matt showed me how to setup a hard drive using a USB cord so I didn't lose it.
This book and everything about it is bound by a schedule from its writing to its publishing.
My goal at my age is to show the world the truth about the world we live in. To uncover one of the biggest lies in history. But you have to read the book to find out.
I believe in physical excercise and a proper diet helps me to write and do Volunteer work, helping others who can't help themselves.
I don't. I write when the mood strikes. I have a tenancy to become lost in my work. If anything I need to schedule to for my family when I'm in the middle of a book.
I'm a morning person and tend to write in the morning and do administrative and promotional activities in the afternoon and evening.
I have never really been given schedules or goals, but I do work well with time limits and the like, so I guess Iw ould be quite strict with myself.
I am by nature a procrastinator and I have to make myself stick to a schedule. Writing takes such a large portion of a writer's time and as such one needs to stick to a rough schedule to be able to finish a particular 'work' on time. Being an author and creative I become passionate for several days and write without letup. Then for the next couple of days I slacken off before returning passionately to my work once more with new ideas.
I'm very disciplined and always set deadlines, even before I was published. That's what allows me to write several books a year, even now that I also have line edits and proposals and promotion to deal with.
Hehe. Discipline? Yeah, right. Let me quote a boss of mine from about 25 years ago: "I've figured out your secret, Gary - you're prolific."
I also like this quote: "Writers don't write because they have to, they write because they can't help themselves."
I have a general philosophy of doing the things, I want to do, when I want to do them but as I want to write, I write most days. If I have a deadline to meet, I knuckle down and write as often as I can until the job is finished. I haven't missed a deadline yet.
Very little discipline. When I am in the mood I can write forever.... At other times, I can't get it going so I don't force it.
I don't have set writing times, but I do try to do writing-related 'stuff' every day - if not sitting at my desk then maybe visiting a school/library or somewhere else to talk about my work, or I do research - that sort of thing. I know what I want to achieve and I work towards that, but I also leave myself open to whatever the universe may bring me in terms of writing and my career (like this questionnaire, for example!)
I'm a Mom, I can barely impose discipline on my boys! All I can do is try my best, write when I can...mostly in between naps, bedtime, laundry, dishes, dinner and cleaning. Night time is the most peaceful and productive.
Very good if I get my eyes/ears open every day.
Despite my playful self-teasing with others about how lazy I am (when it comes to certain things in life), when it comes to that which I passionate about, such as my art, my self-discipline can be relentless, and even at times approach workaholism! However, I have to balance that out with my health and with my obligations to loved ones, obviously, although the schedules of one ruled by his muse can be quite curious to those close. I have tried to arrange my life so that I have ample time to be able to devote to my work, and although this has probably entailed sacrifices in terms of more worldly pursuits, I believe it is a sacrifice for a higher cause. Of course, I have to balance my artistic endeavors with my professional work, but traditionally, the poet and the shaman have been complementary roles. Although I wouldn't claim to be a shaman, the modern work I do is quite comparable in many ways.
In terms of schedules and goals, one of the trials of working within a growing tradition that is still young and quite decentralized is the relative lack of structure, which requires in compensation a great deal of self-discipline. I would like to see greater structure and shaping within the community, if for no other reason than it demonstrates a valuing of good work.
I have never missed a deadline in my job (I am an advertising copywriter). I remind that fact to myself and shame my lazyass self into keeping the same standards for my writing.
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