Let me know if this sounds familiar.
You sit down to work on a writing project, and suddenly different browser windows open unbidden in your mind and clamor for attention.
“But what about that short story you haven’t finished yet?”
“Don’t you think you should work on your next blog post right now?”
“When are you going to finally get around to writing query letters to magazine editors about some of your article ideas?”
“Don’t you think you should probably focus more on Y and save X for later, since it might not bring in as much money, and it’ll take more time to finish?”
Then your brain shuts off, and you go looking for a snack. Or a drink. Or both.
I vote for both.
This is why I’m working on my very own writing schedule. I’m hoping it’ll help me keep all other mental browser windows closed while I’m working on something I’ve decided to work on during a particular hour of the day.
Here are the steps I have in mind:
- Make a list of all the writing projects I want to spend time on this month and decide what percentage of my writing time I want to devote to each. This will help me decide how many days per month and per week I’ll want to allocate time for each project.
- Find or create a calendar with week-at-a-glance and month-at-a-glance for my writing schedule and write in my daily projects, which I can tick off when I’m done with them. I might even get stickers for this. Or different-colored Sharpies. I love those things.
- Set reminders on my mobile phone for my daily and weekly writing goals, so I won’t forget. I like the free Check Mark app for this (I also use it to remind me of household chores). I’m still getting acquainted with all the features of Evernote Plus.
- Review and revise my writing goals for the month at least every week.
I can’t forget reading time, either. It’s books like Rob Parnell’s Easy Cash Writing: How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer that are helping me find new ways to bring in money as a freelance writer. And I will always love a good story, so I need my novel-reading time, especially if I hope to write good stories, too.
Have I forgotten anything? I’m still in the process of following these four steps. Do you already have a working schedule for your writing in place?
What has helped you create it, revise it, implement it, and stick to it (or to some version of the original, since what works best for you is more important than how it might look to others)?
I always look forward to your comments, so if you have anything to share on this point, please be generous and share your ideas with me and future readers of this post.
Thank you, as always, for stopping by, and have a great rest of your week! 🙂
P.S. The book link in this post isn’t an affiliate link, because I haven’t yet figured out how to do that. I just became an Amazon affiliate, but I’m not sure where to put the code in my WordPress blog. If you know how to do this, I’d appreciate some tips. Figuring this out will be one of my projects this month.
Oh, and I’ve no intention of posting affiliate links for anything I wouldn’t use or haven’t used myself. I learned years ago that I can’t sell anything that I don’t sincerely believe will improve the lives of those to whom I’m trying to sell it. Sales is about helping and serving the good of others, not just making a buck. So, if you see in a future blog post an affiliate link for a book, know that I wouldn’t recommend it unless I’d read and enjoyed it myself (or was in the middle of reading and enjoying it).