Alliance of Independent Authors I'm an Ethical Author Small

Click on the pictureS to get the Nephilim Quest books with a discounted price
when you buy  direct from me, the author.

AMMO ad Lady With Bowl
NQ 1 Shadowhunter cover
Moon daughter
NQ3 Amarna Cover
NQ4 cover


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.

How do you schedule your writing?

Do you have a tip on how to schedule your writing to get things done? Share it!

If you wish to read more blog posts by IWSG writers, you can find them here. 

Back to homepage

Back to blog main page

Click on the Leenasbooks Newsletter headline above  to go to the newsletter blog's first page on Substack to see what it is about.

You can read the past posts there, and check if you are interested in listening to the audio chapters of my published books, or follow my stories as I write them.

Upon subscribing you will get the Prequel to Nephilim Quest: Angel.

Over two hundred years before Nephilim Quest 1 / Shadowhunter the roots of the story are planted.

A little girl missing her mother, in the palace of the mightiest of the dark Nephilim, hoping for an escape ...  

This book is not for sale anywhere - only readers who have subscribed to my mailing list will get it.

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.
Alliance of Independent Authors /
Alliance of Independent Authors /