Organizing For Writers: Writing Schedule

Some writers balk at writing schedules. They believe since writing is a creative activity, they should write when the muse strikes them. If writing is a hobby and nothing more, this half-hazard way of approaching is fine. But if you have plans do be a professional writer than you should do what professionals have done to succeed. Most professional writers schedule their writing time. Peter DeVries once said, “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” Stephen King writes every day until he’s achieved a certain word count. Dean Koontz has a regular time where he goes into his office to write.

There are many ways to plan and organize your writing schedule to be more effective. Here’s some ideas to help you.

Set a Writing Time: It’s easier to be productive when you set the same time to write every day. Make sure the time you set is a time when you are fresh and ready to work. For some, that means getting up early. Others will want to stay up late. Do what works for you.

Set Writing Goals: Some writers set a daily word count. They will not stop writing until that word count is accomplished. Other writers do better when they decide how much time they’re going to write. They might write longer, but they’ll at least write that certain amount of time.

Compartmentalize Your Writing: If you’re writing on more than one project, decide what time you’ll devote to each project. For instance, you might want to write all of your blog posts for the week and journal on Mondays. Tuesdays and Wednesdays you could devote to your novel. Thursdays would be short stories and magazine articles. Fridays you could devote to editing or outlining and researching your next novel. Or you might be the type of person who writes every day on one project until it’s finished. Then you’ll start the next project. Again do what works best for you.

Editing: Decide how you’re going to edit. Some writers edit while they are writing. Others wait until the first draft is finished to do all of their editing. There’s no right or wrong way, but decide which works best for you and stick to it. 

Every worth while thing in life takes persistance and discipline. This is true with the discipline of writing as well.

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

2 thoughts on “Organizing For Writers: Writing Schedule

  1. Good thoughts! I just started setting a word count for myself every day and so far I have kept to it, and sometimes exceeded it. It’s helpful for when I don’t “feel” like writing… like tonight. And it still didn’t come easily, but I managed to get it all in! :-)

  2. I just set up a room in my home with all writing materials. This room has no tv, no phone, and limited distractions. I could write for hours non-stop but I have to pace my self and take scheduled breaks because I have kids.

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