DCW502 Writing and Contemporary Practice

Ten tips to set up a writing schedule

It might seem ridiculous to set up a writing schedule but lets be real, writing isn’t easy. Between your job, kids, sleep and all the odd jobs that forever need doing around the house there never feels like enough hours in the day to sit down and write.

There are a few simple things you can do to give yourself time to write. One thing that I do, is have an area in my house that is stricktly for writing. This place could be a corner of your bedroom, your favourite area in your yard. Find this place and eliminate all distractions from it, including the internet, most writer’s kryptonite.

Here are ten simple steps to set up and keep a writing schedule

  1. Set up a time designated to writing. This could be early in the morning, late at night or that small break you get when your kids have finally gone down for their nap.
  2. Put your schedule somewhere you will see it every day. Make it bright so you can’t ignore it.
  3. Start treating your writing like you’re a professional. If you want to go anywhere, you need to believe that you are capable of being more then you are right now.
  4. The word ‘can’t’ should not exist in your vocabulary.
  5. Set a word limit to reach each day or each week. Make it an easily achievable number, not something you will end up stressing about.
  6. Make a deadline. As well as a target for word length, set a target for which you want your first draft to be completed.
  7. Write, don’t critique, that’s what your second draft is for.
  8. Make sure everything is within reach – your notes, a snack, water and anything else you may need.
  9. Give yourself a day off, you don’t need to write every day to be successful.
  10. Reward yourself when you reach your goals.

If your struggling to write, don’t. Take a deep breath, go for a walk and clear your mind. The worst thing you can do is force yourself to write when you have no inspiration.


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