Reflections from an emerging writer as she journeys through the creative process.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Do you have a writing schedule?

We've had some cold weather here in the Pacific Northwest. Sure, it's winter and expected, but after an unusually bad snow early in December we've been having freezing weather until the last few days. Of course, I'm not a weather reporter, just someone who looks out the window and watches the sky. I like to sit out on my front porch and think about my stories. I get a lot of inspiration out there.

But with freezing weather and a nasty head cold, I've  been staying inside and pacing in circles. When I'm not trying to write, I've been watching movies and reading ebooks that have been recommended to me. It seems the days go by fast, even when I'm trying to write. I've decided it's because I've gotten out of my normal habits of writing in the morning and doing the rest in the evening.

Having a writing schedule is important for me. It keeps me disciplined and helps my train of thought. Some writers don't seem to need a schedule and can write whenever they feel like sitting down. But I find the my stories are less scattered and more cohesive when I'm sitting down ready to work each day. Right now I'm having to do a re-write on the beginning of a story I started because I wasn't staying with the story each day. The chapters didn't weave together in a smooth story and I found I was losing the sparkle of the main idea. But after I began the re-write, it started to flow in an even pace.

What I need now is a little more cold weather to keep me inside working on my book and I'll have the story in tip top condition. Between that and a good writing schedule, I should be able to finish this book in just a few months. Do you have a schedule for your writing? How does it work for you?

2 comments:

  1. You can have our cold weather. Supposed to be eight degrees tomorrow night.
    Right now I am writing 500-800 words every single night no matter what.

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  2. It is sooooo cold. Currently 7 outside with -10 wind chill. I usually do blogging and catch up on email during the morning hours. Though I'm not home during the day, I still do most of my writing at night. It works for me.

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