Scheduling Quality Writing Time

“You don’t find time to write. You make time. It’s my job.”

~Nora Roberts 

I was sitting at my desk today thinking about my projects that I am supposed to be working on.  I was trying to figure out the best way to be productive in getting them done.   I realized that it is actually going to have to come down to me making an actual schedule for me to work off of because at this point that is the only viable way that I think I am actually going to get any of my projects underway and completed.  

I started remembering back to when I first began really writing.  It started off with poetry when I was in elementary school and for the better part of my high school years.  But towards the end of high school is when I first discovered that I was incredibly long-winded (thus not really good at the art of the short story) and decided that I was going to tackle writing novels.  I didn’t need a schedule then.  

I would just write for hours and hours on end.  The words just wouldn’t stop flowing.  It seemed like at that point of my life I had all the time in the world to write and there was no need to make a schedule just to find the time to pen (or type in some cases) the different stories I wanted to write.  

I suppose I was naïve to think that it would always be like that.  Where my drive and passion to write would just magically create this time to still write for hours at a time without ever noticing how fast the time has flown by.  

I guess I am apprehensive about having to schedule my writing time because I’m afraid that that would somehow mean that I wouldn’t be seen as the natural writer that I feel I am.  But I know that I’ve read many articles where even some of the greatest writers (in which I aspire to reach their level of productivity) have well thought out comprehensive schedules to amass all of that productivity.  

It’s odd that I am a person who loves making lists and schedules for everything but when it comes down to my writing I just want it to be as natural as it can be.  However, the natural go with the flow method doesn’t seem to be working out as well as I would like.  Although if I can become as productive in putting out novel after novel like Joyce Carol Oates, James Patterson, or Sue Grafton, then I suppose having to schedule my writing would have been well worth the change.         

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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