Jennifer tackles her writing schedule...
First I’d like to thank Ana for taking “Sex,” because that makes it so much less embarrassing for me. ;)
Do you have a writing schedule? Forget about being a plotter or a pantser, organized or disorganized; do you write at a regularly scheduled time or in a particular place? Do you try for a word or page count? Do you approach your writing as a job or a hobby?
Writing is my job. I may not make a lot of money at it, certainly not enough to support my family, or myself but it’s what I do. I take it seriously and I devote a portion of each day to it. While I’d love to say that I’m so inspired, I can write anywhere or anytime, the truth is, life gets in the way. My brain fills up with details, stressors and random thoughts, often leaving little room for my creativity to kick in. But this is my job, and therefore, no matter what is going on, I sit down daily and write.
Yesterday, I think I wrote 68 words. Embarrassing, but that’s 68 less that I have to write today. Hopefully today I’ll be more productive. But had I said to myself, “Forget it, don’t bother,” I would have opened the door to treating this less as a job and more as a hobby, doing it when I feel like it.
I’ve spoken before about participating in my local writer’s chapter version of NaNoWriMo. It was great for discipline. I knew that every day I needed to write a certain amount of words, and I prioritized writing ahead of most things. These days, I have other things that often take precedence, but I still sit down daily and bang out some words. Usually it’s between 500-1000. Sometimes they come easy, other times less so. They may not be great words, but they’re words. I’ll fix them when I go back and edit. But I’m trying to keep up the momentum.
I tend to have a basic schedule to my day. I get the kids out the door, walk the dog and get ready for the day. I do whatever social media/blogging has to be done that day. I run a few errands. Then I sit down and write until the kids come home. Sometimes life gets in the way. Yesterday I had a funeral to attend for a colleague, hence the 68 words. Today I hope to get more done.
Although I have an office with a desk, I like to move around a bit, so I’ll go from my dining room table to my family room sofa to my desk. On nice days, I’ll sit outside on my deck. Some places make the words flow easier, others are less effective.
My goal is to finish my current WIP by the end of this month. I’m behind, so I don’t think I’ll make it, but you never know!