|What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I don't really go in for that kind of thing. I write for a living so I'm always working on something. The schedules, goals thing has always seemed artifical to me. Writing is a joy, not something I need to be forced into.
With reviews, I try to get them up by the time a movie is released in theaters or their DVD/Blu-ray release date. With stories, I work at my own pace. That's really the only option when you have so much other stuff on your plate.
I must set my own deadline for a story, otherwise it would be still flying around in my notebooks. Writing was not the only thing I do, so I really took my time to write a single good story.
Writing takes time and you have to write when you feel up to it. I do set goals everyday to get word out about my new book called "A big House for Little Men" - I blog,send free books to Bookclubs and try to get free media whenever I can.
When it comes to my writing, I don't really have a schedule. I try to get in at least an hour a day of writing and that's about it.
Sadly, I am a horrible procrastinator. Goals however, usually include having it done before a certain date, or before I see certain people. I really have to work on finishing things sooner than I do, but I am usually horribly busy.
I can't set a schedule to write every day, that just doesn't work. I can write a lot when I'm in writing mode. Goals are long-term: My goal for the year was to sell four pieces of material, and to that end I submit and write continually.
Did I already cover this one?? See my "writing naked" answer.
I block out writing time and "Writing Retreat" days. Then I do my best to schedule other activities around them. I also keep track of my writing hours each week.
I think the golden rule for writer's is to write everyday if possible. We all have to work for a living and life does happen. The newest rule I have established for myself is to take time to read on Sunday. I found that I was spending so much time writing that I didn't make time for reading. And how could I possibly grow as a writer if I am not reading.
Serious work: Six finished pages per pay. Intertube noodling: An hour, tops.
People have told me I'm very prolific. I write every day. I impose no schedule on myself. Just do it when the mood strikes.
My day job is pretty demanding, and I am focused on that right now because it pays the bills. I'm not very diligent at imposing writing goals for myself because its more like a hobby than anything. However, if I tell someone I will get a critique done by a certain day/time, or that I'll submit something of my own, I always meet my deadline.
This is a problem for me. I don't as yet write full time so I have to juggle writing into my my daily life schedule and some times there is just not enough time to work on the novel. I do try to write in my blog or a journal as often as I can to at least keep the juices flowing.
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