As someone who has written many fiction books, let me tell you that creating a writing schedule was one of the most difficult parts of the writing process. To tell you the truth, I tend to be quite inconsistent while writing, but aren’t we all?
However, in the middle of writing my first fiction book, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to achieve the deadline and quality goals that I had set for my book if I continued down the path of writing inconsistently. So, I came up with a consistent writing schedule that I follow to date.
Let me share my insight on creating and following a writing schedule for other inconsistent writers out there.
1- Set the Same Timing for Everyday
We have almost the same timings for basic daily tasks like eating, sleeping, and waking up every day, so why should the writing schedule be any different?
Setting the same writing time every day is the most realistic writing goal you can achieve. However, you don’t have to write every day if you have a tough schedule. Writing every other day or writing a couple of days a week is also enough. But, try to write at the same time whenever you write.
Many people say that early morning is the best time for creative writing, but in my experience, any time of the day where you’re at your creative peak is fine. Start working around your schedule to set a definite time, and before you know it, your writing time will become a part of your daily routine.
2- Prioritize Your Writing Projects
Being a writer is all about getting multiple ideas at the same time! But, does it mean that you should start working on writing books on all of the ideas simultaneously? That’s a huge no! But wouldn’t writing on just one idea lead to all the other brilliant ideas going to waste? Let me tell you what to do.
The easiest solution to solving this issue is to create a list of all your ideas. Next, shuffle them all based on priority. Whichever idea you’re most certain about goes to the top. Starting with the first one, make a step-by-step outline of the project. Follow a daily writing schedule and the outline to have a finished book on your table by the deadline!
3- Plan Beforehand for Writer’s Block
Writer’s block is every writer’s worst nightmare, but the truth is that it’s bound to happen. Experiencing writer’s block doesn’t mean that you should stare at your laptop’s screen or your writing notebook all day long.
Instead, you can beat your writer’s block by doing out-of-consciousness freewriting and letting your ideas flow. If your writer block is stopping you from freestyle writing, you can research your writing subject; just don’t let writer’s block put a stop to your creativity completely.
These tips helped me a lot when working on my recent biographical fiction book, Back Running. And I hope that these tips will turn you into a more consistent writer, as writing without consistency can have ineffective results.
You can head over to my website, Joseph Woodward stories, to read or download my books like Pocket Book of Short Stories and The Three Husbands of Anabelle. Get a better idea of how scheduled writing can make you an award-winning storyteller in historical fiction!
You can contact me via my website for further questions regarding writing schedules or my journey as Joseph Woodward, the amazon writer!