Creative Caravan Club
Are you trying to write a novel within the next few weeks or months, but you just can't seem to stick to a regular writing schedule?
The following tips will work for anyone who wants to write a book within a short period of time:
1. Set up your writing time as a regular appointment with yourself.
Plan specific times you will write each week, then write down these times on a calendar or day planner, just the way you would any other appointment.
2. Break down your novel, short story, or article into small chunks.
If you're writing a novel, break down each chapter into scenes. Then schedule time to write just one scene at a time.
3. Give yourself some slack while you're committed to completing a big writing project, like writing a book.
Save some of your other writing for later. You want to plan, start and finish your book within a short period of time. You won't be able to do that if you also try to write a million other things.
4. Let your friends and family know you've made a major commitment to writing your book over the next few weeks or months.
If your friends and family know ahead of time that you won't be so available at specific times each week (because you'll be writing), they'll get used to it. Remember, we TEACH other people how to treat us. Teach your friends and family to value you as a writer!
5. Realize you will be more productive some weeks than you are during other weeks.
Some weeks a chapter or section of your book will seem to write itself. Other weeks you'll struggle to write a single sentence. Realize this and just go with the flow! A struggle is no reason to give up on your book! ALL writers struggle at some point in every book they write (some writers may say otherwise, but I think they're much like mothers. They tend to forget how difficult the birthing process was; otherwise every child would be an ONLY child, and every book would be the ONLY book any writer ever writes).
6. Limit distractions during your writing time.
You may need to get out of your own house in order to write because your kids or your spouse just can't understand that you're working when you're writing. If that's the case, go to the library or a bookstore or coffeeshop and write. But then, don't answer your cell phone every five minutes when you're there or get online and check your email or talk to other people. You must write!
7. Try to schedule your writing for your most creative times of the day.
Some writers are morning people, others are night owls. If you schedule your writing for YOUR most creative time of the day, the work will be much easier and faster.
8. Create a reasonable writing schedule for yourself.
You probably won't be able to write for hours every day, so don't even expect to do that. It would be much better to write for 15-30 minutes every day, or perhaps decide to write a chapter a week on one particular day each week. Figure out what will work best for you based on your family, your regular job, your writing style, etc.
Okay, now use these tips to set up your own writing schedule.