Sunday, May 26, 2013

10 QotW: What is Your Writing Schedule?


Hey everyone! It’s Clara Kensie, back with a new Question of the Week! Pretty much the only thing writers love as much as writing is talking about writing. So each week here at Adventures in YA Publishing, I post a question for you to answer. The questions cover all topics important to writers: craft, career, writers’ life, reading and books. Together we’ll become better writers by sharing tips and discussing our habits and practices.

Question of the Week

May 26, 2013


What Is Your Writing Schedule?


What is your writing schedule? Early mornings, late nights, all day every day, in half-hour increments, on the train during your commute to work?

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My answer: I work in an office two days a week. On the other three weekdays, I’ll whip through my to-do list of errands and chores as fast as I can, then dedicate the rest of the day to writing and writerly activities. I also have two of my author friends over every Thursday night to write. I rarely deviate from this schedule except for an occasional appointment or lunch date. I don’t like to write when my family is home, but I sneak in extra wordage whenever I can.

What about you? Do you have a regular writing schedule? Or do you grab writing time whenever you can?

10 comments:

  1. Both! =) I try to schedule it every morning for a few hours, but if something happens to throw me off, I mentally prepare to be writing later that day. I try to write whenever and wherever I can. Otherwise I'd never finish anything!

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    1. Great, Corrie! Sounds like you've set a productive schedule for yourself. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. I wish I had a writing schedule! I'm not sure I'm organized enough for that. When I'm writing regularly, I write on Saturday and Sunday in 15-30 minute blocks, pretty much all day. That's the easiest way for me to get a lot of writing done on the weekends.

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    1. That sounds like a good schedule to me, Jan! On busy weekends it's easier to sneak off for 15-30 minutes to pound out some wordage than it is to take an entire day. Glad you found a method that works best for you.

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  3. I substitute teach, so I have some weekdays to myself. Like Clara, I try to knock out chores around the house early, then write during the day while my husband is at work. That way, when he comes home, it's family time! But sometimes I'll sneak a few words in the evenings... :)

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    1. Looks like we're on the same page, Sarah. Those full weekdays that you can dedicate to writing are the best, aren't they?

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  4. I used to write when my son napped. He has since given up nap so I wait for him to be really into Thomas and then I steal time when I can. I also have an awesomely supportive mom who takes him four hours a week so I can "work" It's amazing what I can knock out in those four hours!

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    1. I'm always amazed that authors with small children can get any writing done at all. Good for you! And hooray for Thomas and babysitting grandmas!

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  5. Most of my writing is done late at night, but I try to sneak in time during the weekdays when I can. I usually try to get through the Google reading for the Saturday roundups as fast as I can in the mornings to try to get in some time. I probably ought to change that, because I've gotten into the habit of waking up and thinking about my WIP for a concentrated time before I get out of bed. It would probably be great for my productivity if I was able to sit down then and write, but I've never been a morning person. Also, if I don't get the social media stuff out of the way, it tends not to happen. (Sort of like exercise.) The writing is my reward for doing everything else.

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    1. Martina, you are one of the busiest people I know, so it's great that you can stay up so late to write. I'm always impressed. Good for you!

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