I love writing. No, seriously, I really LOVE it. You've probably guessed as much with the two books I've already published and the third in the series on the way (that's right guys, the third book in the Victoria Institute Series is nearing completion!).
It seems like this is a problem for a lot of people. I get asked this question really frequently, particularly by those interested in picking up the creative pen themselves. What is my writing schedule like? Normally I give a nervous sounding laugh, and give a rough guess of about an hour every day. The truth of the matter is it's a lot more varied than that!
One thing's for certain; its absolutely not the same from one week to the next. One week I might be at living university with an essay due in. The next, I'll be at home and want to spend time with my family. Nothing is the same, which is why I personally find the set-in-stone, inflexible 'writing schedule' completely impractical!
I know that it works successfully for some people, and if you're one of those people then I commend you! If you can stick to it, then they really can work wonders for your productivity. However, I'm a lot more hap-hazardous with my writing time. Between lectures I'll scribble on the back of my organic notes, I'll be tapping away on my iPod while riding the bus, or maybe for half an hour if I can spare it before Frisbee practice (I find exercise is one of the best inspirational activities).
I'm not one of those people. For me, it's not a challenge to write everyday. Rather it's the complete opposite! It's almost a requirement at this point, something that I have to do. As important as breathing, eating and sleeping - sometimes trumping one or two of those even! If I try to go to bed at the end of the day and I haven't at least tried to write a few sentences, it's like an un-scratch-able itch at the back of my mind that I can't ignore! That's when I drag out my iPod, pull up the right file and start tapping away in the dark - getting down at least a paragraph before turning back to my bed.
My advice for anyone trying to finish a task like writing a novel, is to experiment. Find what works for you. What works for one person might not work for another, after all, everyone is different! Try listening to a different kind of music while you right, or none at all! Try going out and finding a library or coffee shop or even a nice area of the park to sit and scribble away. If the schedule doesn't work for you, or it does but there's to much/to little hours, then rework it! Everyone is different, and can be productive in different ways.
But most of all, whatever you do, do at least attempt to write at least once every day, because even just half an hour every day eventually adds up.
Well that's all from me this week. I hope you liked this post. If you did, please hit the like button. And I'll see you all next time.
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