I am a list maker. I live and die by them at home and at work. Sometimes I get sidetracked and provided that the lists do not get lost, they are essential to me to obtain measurable progress and complete tasks.
This translates to writing as well. I jot down ideas for blogs, stories, tangents, and the like to finish later. If I did not, I am sure the stoke of genius (or so I think!) would rush out of my mind just as fast as it invaded. So for me to be a successful writer at this stage of life I have to plan and be intentional. I have to fight for time to write. If I do not it gets crowded out.
This made me think (and perhaps you can do this along with me) about what makes me successful in my writing? Would it be allowing a jolt of inspiration to come tingling into my mind while I least suspected it and then feverishly scratching it on paper, the laptop or any device that spits out sentences? Or rationing out time every day at the same time to plod along, however dull and uninspiring that might seem.
So how about you? Are you better at waiting for the stroke of genius to come, then churning out fifty pages? Or are you better suited to write two pages a day, every day, until your novel is completed? My suspicion is that when you evaluate the structure of your daily life, or lack there of, you will have your answer.
4 thoughts on “Effective Writing: By Schedule or By Whim?”
I have to admit I do both. Scheduling doesn’t always work, so I go on a whim when the mood strikes me.
Very true. It depents on the style of life you live and where you are at in your life currently. Kids/no kids, school/ no school, etc.
Yes. Both. Sometimes I get an idea at a random moment… and I might actually remember it long enough to get to a writing implement.
Most of the time, since I have small kids, there’s so much noise in my head if I don’t find “quiet” time for my brain, nothing comes at all. So, I need both.
Nice post. 🙂
Thanks for the comment Shannon. I think parents with young children should be in the scheduling realm. I am currently rocking my nine month old daughter to sleep (typing on an ipod with one hand!) so yes these worlds do conflict and mightily so!