Setting Goals and Sticking to a Writing Schedule

by RS on October 22, 2009

Last night I had my first phone conversation with my accountability partner and we discussed our goals. We both determined that our works in progress are the priority. My goal is to have a complete manuscript ready for submission by the end of the first quarter of 2010.

To reach that I need to write every day. In the previous post, I mentioned, I wanted to complete daily five pages. It is ambitious, but if I fall short a page or two I’m not going to beat myself up. The point is to be in the habit of writing everyday. Now here’s the tricky part: when do I schedule my writing time and what counts as writing? Is it an article, a blog post, a book review or the WIP?  A day doesn’t go by that I’m not writing something.

However, to be more specific, the purpose of the accountability partnership and the good habit development is for Julius and that’s  mandatory writing–no excuses. Next is when to schedule a time? I like to write in the mornings, but I also like to exercise in the mornings so there’s a bit of a conflict. During the evenings is when I read (for Alvah’s Books and paid book reviews). That leaves me with late afternoons, which are typically free. Thus from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm that time  will be dedicated solely to Julius.

This is a fairly regimented routine and for someone who tends to go with the flow this might feel a little restrictive, but as I’ve discovered some order actually helps me succeed in reaching my goals. The big question is can I maintain it or will I burn out?

I’ll report on my progress by this time next week.


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