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    What kind of schedule do you keep for writing?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Sulla, Jul 29, 2012.

    Over the last few months I have returned to writing (the concentrated act of sitting down and working on fiction).

    I started out with 15 minutes. I didn't want to overdo it. After a couple weeks I pushed it up to 30 minutes. From here 45 minutes and then about two weeks ago I went to an hour.

    When I went to an hour it was difficult to keep writing for the whole hour. I couldn't keep with the whole hour. I would miss a day or two. Now I'm trying to re-boot myself back into a schedule.

    I think a word limit each day might be better. This way if I feel stuck or can't write I can come back in the evening. I am thinking of 1,000 to 1,500 words to do this.

    I'm just wondering what other peoples experience is in trying to schedule writing time. Do you have a set time each day? Do you write for a certain time each day? Or do you do a word count? Or neither of those?
     
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    I don't go by time. I get about 500 wpd, and sometimes that takes fifteen or twenty minutes, sometimes forty-five. I'm just getting back in the swing after a long layoff, so I'm working my way back up to 1000 wpd.
     
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    I try to do a little every day, even if Its just a paragraph to keep myself focused, some times its hours, it all depends. Its hard for most people since I can safely the majority of us probally maintain full time jobs, so I do it when I can. There is a web site and if no one minds I'll attach the link, its called 750 words and it challenges you to write at least 750 words a day. It keeps track of your writing during a monthly basis and even rewards "points" when you reach a certain number of words. Its strictly motivational, but it works. It also saves your work so you can transfer it over if you want. Give it a shot, see how you like it.
    http://750words.com/
     
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    I'm a bit new to it at this point, but what I've been doing is going by plot points. So when I sit down to write my intention is to pretty much write an entire event in the story in that sitting. When I get to the end, I stop. I might try changing it over though where I start halfway through one event and end halfway through the next, that way it creates a little better continuity in the writing.
     
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    My schedule is not number of words. It's a particular part of the plot.

    So if i'm writing a murder mystery, i'll get the murder done. Next day, the cops arrive at the scene. The lead cop's miserable life the next day. And so on.
     
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    I don't have a set schedule. For me the bigger problem is stopping myself from writing, especially if I'm really into a scene. I've got 3 roughly 100K word stories in my computer right now, so I'm not really writing anything new, but trying to get those into shape -- or really just the first one. I'm in revision mode right now and getting feedback from a few sources, so I'm also constrained by the schedules of other people. I also have to review suggested edits and I need to read some other pieces of writing for me to give feedback on in order to get the feedback on my writing.

    But I try to do *something* related to writing every day.
     
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    My roommate is an invalid, so a large chunk of my daily schedule revolves around his. It's hard for me to plan when and how much I'm going to write. But I try to get at least an hour, or maybe two, of writing time in. It's generally non-contiguous, and so I spend a fair percentage of it trying to catch up mentally to where I was when I stopped. Very inefficient.
     
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    I try to write at least an hour every morning, afternoon, evening and night. That way it is not too structured, but I do write. I cannot set a schedule because I like to go out for walks, read or knit. If I did not have to worry about work, I would replace that with writing. Most of my best writing is done late at night and early in the morning, so I try to write the majority of the time during then.
     
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    I just recently decided on a set schedule of between the hours of 11-6. I shut off the wireless, keep the television off and just write. Amazing what a bit of discipline can do.
     

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