Updated: Feb 17
Every writer has their distinct style, but it does not happen overnight. It took months or years of constant writing to achieve excellent writing skills. No matter how great the present writing skill is, writers continuously involve themselves. But what is the secret of all of this?
It all boils down to having a writing schedule. Having one is a representation of consistency and endearing efforts in achieving the goal of every aspiring writer. Like any writer, I have built my writing schedule.
It is genuinely not that easy to do, but I know doing so will lead to results. Results that I truly wanted, which are to have my book published, be read, shared, and empathized by the readers.
From reading the discipline of writers like Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost, I learned that writing must be a ritual.
Here is my guide for you in having a writing schedule:
1. Create Time Not Find Time
With most authors, there is a struggle with establishing a daily writing habit because of the time it takes or time constraints. Writers who feel they do not have enough time to write frequently often disregard the importance of regularity and write little paragraphs whenever they feel like it.
It’s great if you want to write in discrete chunks, but to make your writing objectives a reality, you’ll find it hard to stick to your writing routine. To be truly effective as a writer, you must have a schedule and the time required to complete it.
However, if you are still concerned about finding the time to create a writing habit, know this: you are in control of creating time for your writing, rather than being subject to circumstances that allow you to write.
2. Goals and Schedules
The primary step in setting up a writing regimen is to evaluate your objectives. Without definite objects in mind, there is no sense in creating every writing schedule. It is much simpler to create an effective writing habit when you have specific objectives to meet.
While many authors aim to complete the first outline of a book within a certain period, the objective is generally similar for all of them. To break it down, as an author, your primary aim should be to write a certain quantity of words each day, such as 2000-3000 words each day. A personalized habit may be built around these micro-goals.
For me, my goal is to write four pages per night or, usually, about one. I have learned that one page of good prose is far better than four pages of trash. I’ve learned that one page of good prose is far better than four pages of rubbish.
To keep in mind while establishing goals, you must know what would be considered a realistic objective, based on your circumstances and writing style. Let’s say that you have an hour or two to spare; it makes sense to establish 1000-2000 words each day.
3. Writing Area
Many writers and authors choose to have a designated writing area to assist in developing a writing habit. A writing area may be as simple as a desk or comfy chair in a corner room, or it can be a whole home office. In any case, you should feel comfortable, and you shouldn’t be distracted.
It is critical to get rid of distractions while working in your creative environment. Be aware of your surroundings; cover your ears if needed; plug in your earphones if you want to withdraw from the place you are in. The area should be a place where you can focus on writing.
4. Productive Time
Choose the time of day that will be the most productive for you. Your writing habit may also be influenced by when you choose to do it. To sum up, what we’ve spoken about above, every writer is distinct. Early risers find it problematic that they function best while the day is still new. Some people are night owls, staying up late to finish their work.
I, myself, write during the wee hours of the night since there are too many distractions during the day.
Knowing the ideal time of the day to plan your writing sessions may aid you in developing your writing habit. Design a writing schedule around the time of the day that you are most productive (either at night or day).
5. Stick on Your Schedule
You have successfully created a schedule, and there is only one step left: following the established schedule.
It’s not to suggest that you can’t alter the schedule in response to many factors that influence your writing objectives, personal situations, etc. You may make your schedule as flexible as you like- but your absolute dedication to it can’t be.
I have already started this, and I’ll repeat it: you must regard writing as a top priority if you want to accomplish your writing objectives. If you follow your schedule without skipping a beat, you are on the right track.
I expect that the following guide will help you establish your novel-writing schedule or writing routine.