Setting Up a Writing Schedule
Hey There Future Author!
Let me share a tool to help you with the writing process. The first thing you need to do is set up a concrete writing plan. I know that you are busy trying to decide when you are going to write your book.
My goal is to help take the stress out of the writing process, so you can eliminate any excuse that comes to mind.
I want to help make writing less of a chore for you!
The first thing that I suggest that will help you get started is to set up an effective writing schedule.
A writing schedule is a strategic plan that maps out your writing time. This plan will determine when you will write and declare your deadline for completion of your manuscript.
You may be wondering what time will work best for you. Each person has a different writing plan that will work for them. The time that you select really depends on your availability and your preferences. Are you most creative in the morning?
Perhaps you are a creative night owl.
It’s up to you to find the best time that works for you.
Last summer I was a part of a business challenge orchestrated by Shayla Smart-The Mom Genius. It was a 30-Day Business Challenge.
She asked us to take an inventory of our daily activities for three days straight. This activity was so helpful because it helped to pinpoint any extra time that we had during our day. Trust me, this exercise will be so valuable to you.
For the next three days, track your entire day.
List everything; keep your notes in a journal. When you need to take care of personal needs, just refer to it as personal care. Track everything, when you eat your meals, watch tv, scroll through social media as well as when you go to sleep. This exercise will help you learn where all your time is going. Once this activity is complete, take a closer look to see where all your time is being spent.
Are you spending a lot of time on social media?
Are you watching television or talking on the phone?
Are you spend a lot of time hanging out with your friends?
Identify where all your extra time is going and redirect it to something that will be more productive.
Once you’ve identified your pockets of extra time, take at least 15-30 minutes and schedule daily writing time.
If a daily writing schedule does not work for you, maybe consider writing at least three days a week. Pick a specific time of day. For instance, if you have available time in the morning, select 7:00 am. Whatever time you select, schedule it in your phone as a daily reminder. Set a specific alarm so that you know that it’s time to write. This way you will have an appointment already set up to write.
Creating an effective writing schedule and locking down the time in your phone will be the key to your success.
Stay consistent for at least three months. Now that you have a specific time set up to write, your next step is to select a topic. We'll talk about selecting a topic soon.
I hope this information was helpful. Please feel free to send me an email to discuss how this exercise worked out for you.
You can shoot me an email with any questions that you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking forward to your success!
Talk to you soon!