As we head into the final week of 2011, you may be thinking about your goals for 2012. If one of those goals is to manage your writing schedule, you’ll want to check back this week for articles on doing just that. You’ll get tips from other authors on how they manage their time. Some will offer general advice, while others share detailed schedules that work for them. The key is figuring out what works for you! Maybe a specific schedule will “click” with you. Hopefully, you’ll end up with some great suggestions on how to organize your writing time and be more productive in the new year.
So grab a notebook and jot down the ideas that resonate with you and suit your particular lifestyle.
Grace Bridges, science-fiction author and owner of Splashdown Books, says,
My general method when deep in a novel is to write 500 words a day, first thing. Doesn’t sound like much, but if consistently applied, will get 3500 words a week and a full novel in about six months. Of course there are days when time allows and the flow is there to write a whole lot more than that, but I find 500 is a very attainable goal to aim at, day by day.
Lisa Grace, YA author whose Angel series is currently being optioned as a major movie and has been acclaimed as the “Christian alternative to Twilight,” says this about her writing schedule:
My writing schedule is four hours a day while my daughter is at school, and afterevery one goes to bed. One of the best ideas I’ve heard (and use) is write a brief sketch for every scene in your book. Know how many words you write per scene, and then make sure each each drives the story forward. This makes the writing go incredibly fast, and you can plan all the scenes out while you are waiting in car line, or any few minutes you have in the day.
Karin Beery, freelance writer and writing coach, admits it has taken her years to figure out the writing schedule that works for her. She says,
I wasted so much time at my computer at night not getting anything written before I finally admitted the truth – I’m a morning person. I can write twice as much in an hour every morning verses what I can do in three hours after work. Until I can make enough money writing that I can quit my other job, that means I get up between 4-5 a.m. so I can write. It took some time to adjust, but I’m so productive now that it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice anymore – it’s just what I need to do to make my writing career work.
Tomorrow…tips from authors Stephanie Whitson, Janalyn Voigt, and Diana Brandmeyer