Schedule Time to Write

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Many of us are schedulers, meaning we have a daily planner and we use it. We jot down every appointment, meeting, grocery shopping trip and more. So why not schedule our writing time on the calendar or planner? I can almost hear you saying, “Yeah, good question. Why not?”

Finding Time to Write is important, but making time to write is imperative. If you write only when you find the time, you’ll likely never finish anything, or at the very least, it will take you far longer to complete that writing project than necessary. And who has time, really, for that? We are all busy, so time is important, don’t let it slip away.

I realize I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know or suspect, but we all need reminders, especially if we’ve gotten ourselves stuck in the “I can’t find the time to write” mode. Shake it off and get writing! Yeah, easier said than done, right? Nope.

Granted, there will be times when you absolutely must stomp all over the time you carved out to write on any given day, that’s true of life. But keep it to a minimum. Don’t let just any activity, event, daydream, phone call, nails in need of filing, dog barking in the background or internet rabbit hole throw you off course. Schedule that stuff for another time.

“But it’s hard to stay focused with so much to do,” you might say. And I say, “You must if you want your writing career to get anywhere, or finish that novel or even short story.” Remember, it may be short, but it takes plenty of time to mold into perfection.

So, how do you insure (for the most part) that you write as often as you’d like, or as often as you need? It’s not magic, and you don’t even need to build some elaborate machine that shocks you every time you even think about leaving your chair. I mean you could do that, but there is an easier way: you schedule it! Like anything else that’s important to you.

Schedule, schedule, schedule.

I tell you this coming from a place of experience. I practice what I preach, and I schedule writing time on my weekly planner every week. I do. Even though the days I write are generally the same days every week, I jot down a block of time anyway. That’s the only way I can be sure I’ll sit down at the computer and write. I stop when I’m ready to stop, but I definitely have a start time. And if something does cause me to have to interrupt my carefully planned schedule, I move my writing to another time rather than scrap it all together.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I don’t write at all as planned. I am human, after all, and far from perfect. But the schedule helps minimize those occasions. You don’t have to be super rigid about it, but if you have it on your calendar, chances are you’ll make it work more often than not. Give it a try; it can’t hurt.

You can take a look at this subject from a slightly different angle by visiting The Write Life blog , an excellent resource for writers every day. But don’t stay too long, you have a schedule to keep!

Before you start pounding away on that well-worn keyboard, please take a minute to follow this blog and/or leave a comment, offering your own advice or personal experience on the subject.

Thanks you,

Happy writing!

 

 

 

 

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About ljwrite2014

Linda Juliano is an author of epic proportions. Okay, not epic, but of proportions in any case. Her debut novel is "Cadence Beach", a romantic-suspense. As she writes her second novel, a romantic women's fiction, she is simultaneously writing short stories and flash fiction (even shorter stories) for publication. Her first published flash fiction piece, "Over The Line", can be found in the October, 2017 issue of LiteraryJuice.com, an online literary magazine. You can also find The Blue Hat at Adelaide on-line literary magazine (March 2018) and Caged in Across The Margin e-zine (May 2018 issue). Stay tuned for future publications! When she isn't buried inside a book, or bent over a keyboard typing away furiously, she's probably watching a movie. From action films to syfy to Hallmark Christmas movies, she loves it all! She's also a huge fan of all things chocolate and, thank goodness, exercising. She loves the outdoors, but she's no stranger to the gym. Her reading choices are an eclectic mix, but at the core, she gleans the most from stories about human triumph after overcoming any kind of strong obstacle weather it be physical, mental or of the heart (WW2 stories are a favorite period). It's best if there is a happy ending, however. She's a huge fan of happy endings! As an author/writer, Linda's motto is to entertain the reader's mind while tugging at their heart. She hopes to accomplish that with every story, long or short. You can follow Linda and the trajectory of her writing career on this blog, her Facebook author page, LinkedIn or Goodreads. "The most fearless hearts, the audacious dreamers, have always maintained a sense of optimism that often flies in the face of the available evidence."-- Martin O'Malley "For myself, I am an optimist--it does not seem to be much use being anything else." --Winston Churchill

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