It’s rare for a writer to write in only one area of writing or to write for only one company/website. Because of this, many writers tend to struggle more with scheduling issues than anything else. Who has time to write an article, a book chapter, a song and a poem all in one day? Combine that with other responsibilities, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
If this sounds familiar to you, it might be time to create a writing schedule. By setting aside certain times of the day and week for things you’re wanting to write, not only will it ease the stress of finding time to write, but your focus will become sharper as a result.
How does this miracle work? Use the steps below as a guide to make your own schedule, then get to writing.
Spread Your Writing Out
The best tip for writing in many different areas is to spread it throughout the week, rather than trying to fit it all into one day. Instead of trying to write one thing in the morning, another in the afternoon, and something else at night, focus more on writing one style on Monday, another on Tuesday, and so forth. You could even split the week by writing articles, for instance, Monday through Wednesday, then working on your next book or song the rest of the week.
Writing Less is More
Another suggestion in making a writing schedule is to consider writing less. This doesn’t mean you should stop writing everyday. On the contrary, you should write everyday, but you should do so while remembering quality is always more important than quantity.
For example, when working online, articles of quality will take you much further than dime-a-dozen posts written solely for hits. There’s more to being a writer than how many fluff pieces you can whip out within an hour.
The same goes for songwriting and other writing genres. It’s good to keep at it, as this helps to nourish creativity, but spending more time focused on one good song or one good book chapter has the potential to touch more people than a bunch of words written quickly and without heart.
Write Same Time Everyday
A big part of writing is not only the scheduling, but also the habit. Forming a writing habit takes commitment and training. That is, it takes training your mind to write at the same time one or two hours everyday.
When you decide on a specific time of day for writing, it’s like telling the creative part of your brain when it’s supposed to wake up and start working. If it sounds bogus, try it for an entire week sometime. Don’t let yourself write at any other time, except for the time you have designated. You will find that your creative mind is chomping at the bit to get back to writing, and, as a bonus, other ideas will begin to surface as well.
It’s a great writing trick for generating new ideas, not to mention the time it saves in scheduling. After the hour or so is up, the rest of your day is free for everything else.
Write What’s Most Important
When you set up a schedule for writing, you may find that there are certain areas you prefer to write over others. If this is the case, pencil in more time to write the things that mean the most to you. When you enjoy what you’re writing, you are more likely to stick with it over time. It’s also more likely to be the style of writing you will succeed in the most, so it’s worth the extra focus.
If you follow these simple guidelines for creating your schedule, writing is sure to become fun again.
Appointments, daily jobs and your family life don’t have to get in the way of pursuing your writing dream. Make them a part of it with your new plan.