Establishing a Routine

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Ok, now that I don’t have a job, or really any obligations, it’s time I set myself a schedule. The whole point of me not looking for a job or a serious volunteer position while here for 6 months was to explore my writing (and because who’s going to hire me for less than a year). I want to see if it’s something I decide to make more than a hobby, to see if it’s something that I can be successful in, and really – just to see what I am capable of. Was it just that one story, or do I have more in me?

So I am making a plan! Basically, I want to dedicate as much time to writing as I did working at my last job, I averaged about 25 hours a week (probably closer to 30 with working at home and thinking about work, but you know, I didn’t get paid for that), and I think that’s pretty good for this project of mine. It allows time to run errands, hit the gym, and still relax a bit. I’m dedicating about 2-3 hours a day working on editing my current manuscript, and then another 2-3 doing the research and drafting for my next WiP (more about that next week).

I’ve tested this last week, and while I was still a bit all over the place, I think it will be pretty easy for me to fall into this routine, and I think I am going to enjoy it.

Do you guys block out time for your writing or is it more spontaneous?

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7 thoughts on “Establishing a Routine

    • Thanks! It definitely helps that I am not working right now, and I don’t have kids or anything so I can get pretty focused! When I worked though, no matter how hard I tried I was never able to get a schedule down so I totally understand. Camp NaNo was basically the only time I would ever consistently write, and then I was always so burnt out from it that I wouldn’t write at all for weeks.

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  1. Less than a year?! Where you going? D;

    As you know, life can a little in predicate in this line of work, so I squeeze in writing where I can. Sometimes, that means stints of days spent coming immediately home and banging words out until it’s too late to operate properly the next morning. Sometimes, it means I save the sauce for a weekend.

    I’m looking forward to getting to focus on my writing more often. I’m sure it’ll take me a while to establish a schedule. Hope all goes well for you. ^_^

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