Discussion in 'General Writing' started by skeloboy_97, May 26, 2011.
Just wondering, what is a good daily/weekly schedule for a writer?
Good in what respect? It depends on what your own personal schedule, i.e. work, family commitments, etc.
Generally, the best idea is try to write at least a bit each and every day, whenever you can.
It varies depending on the writer. "Good" is whatever works for you. I tend to write at night because that's when I have the time to do it. I know Hemingway used to write one good page a day, no matter how much (or how little) time it took him.
Hmm, it depends. I agree with Banzai, try write a little bit each day. I always try hit 500 words a day, but if I don't achieve that, that's okay too.
Schedule? Whenever you have time - not merely free time, but both concerted time and concentration to put toward your craft.
I prefer nights myself. It coincides with my freetime, the culmination of my day's mullings and my time for durnkeness/expanding my consciousness, which occasionally helps my authorial perspective. Depends on a person's unique schedule as much as anything else, I imagine.
I do at least 2000 words a day I write whenever I have a free moment, normally to about 2 or 3am.
Write all day, every day, no matter what you're doing. Type things up whenever you can find a quiet moment.
I try to find at least an hour each day where I sit at my desk and write. I usually write more than that. When I'm inspired I'll write between custumers at work, but I can only write really well when I'm sitting at my desk, completely focused and fully knowing what I'm about to write.
I write whenever my ideas occur to me, but I try to make at least an hour here or there for writing, especially when I'm really involved in a story.
Where you can, when you can, and when the muse takes you.
Nowadays I usually write between about noon and five pm - that's when I try to find time. (I work at home and pick my own hours, so I have a lot of flexibility when it comes to scheduling writing time.)
But I was most productive as a writer about twenty years ago when I used to get up at about 4:30 am and write for about three hours before I got to work. Early morning is a great time to write - it's quiet, nobody else has invaded your day yet with annoying crap, and you can feel for a little while like the world is still new and perfect. All that is shattered the first time the phone rings or someone on the TV news talks about murder or war or my roommate complains about his back pain ...
Everyday, any time -- so long as you have a daily word-count goal. Mine is 600 minimum. Maximum? There is none.
I try to write at least three days a week, almost never on weekends.
I don't really set a time limit, usually I stick to it enough not to need a minimum. Maximum is set by something interrupting me.
It's all about personal preference. Personally, I write everyday except Tuesdays and most Wednesdays as those are my fiance's days off. I usually write for an hour at a time unless I've got a real good fire burning which can get me going for several hours nonstop. You've just got to find your own schedule.
whatever works for each individual... there's no 'good' or 'bad' or 'best/worst'... what works well for one won't necessarily work for others...
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