IWSG monthly post
Scheduling my writing for 2018 - definitely necessary to get everything done I had planned. After all, at this stage in my life I have a day job and have to write "around it" to get any books published.
So here's my method of planning my writing schedule.
Every New Year I think what I want to accomplish. Looking at my calendar for 2018 I wondering should I plan specific books I wanted to write, but I already knew the two I am working on at the moment (Nephilim Quest 3 and Space Witches 2). And knowing my imagination I will come up with new story ideas if needed. So I decided to concentrate on the word count instead.
I made a decision to try to write 1000 words per day. Well, it was no new decision as I have been trying to do that in the past too. It usually takes me about 45 to 60 minutes (after I have planned the main points of the plot). If I manage to do this, I will have written 365.000 words at the end of the year. That is doable. Still, I know there may be times when I cannot write, so I won't be too strict on myself if I cannot make it every day. But I am planning to publish at least twp nppls in 2018 if all goes well. And if I manage to write over 300.000 words, there will be more.
I keep track of the words in my daily calendar. Weekly word target is 7000 words, monthly from 28.000 to 31.000. I also keep track of the amount of words that are left to write that week. Doing this every day keeps me committed to my writing.
And yes - I do use those sticky notes. One tiny sticky note stands for 1000 words. I paste these to my monthly calendar view, one per day. And at the end of the day I will take one sticky note away per each 1000 words I have written. At the end of the month, if I haven't reached the goal, I leave the sticky notes in place that mark the unwritten words, and if I then write them later, I get to take them off. I don't know what it is that I like about stickies - maybe it is the satisfaction of throwing them to the waste paper basket that tells me I have reached my daily goal. It sure works for me.
If I write more than the 1000 words, and these add up, I can then have a day when I don't need to write at all. If I know beforehand which day that will be, I can then take off the note for that day.
I am writing articles now about how to find time slots to write in a hectic life. Those I will publish here on my website as pages of their own. Tips for writers. Stay tuned.
Do you have a tip on how to schedule your writing to get things done? Share it!