The Jean-Luc Picardesque Musings of Sharon A. Fulton
WRITING TIP: Keep a record of your DAILY PACES
1. Take stock of your current schedule.
2. Consider how you could alter that schedule to accommodate serious writing.
3. It takes TIME to write. It’s up to you to find the time.
SEGMENT ONE: Where do the hours go?
For every single hour this week, record what you do. Create a one-week time sheet that charts how you spend your time. Include pertinent information like the day, hour, activity, and (most importantly) whether or not that activity is essential or inessential in your daily schedule. If you believe eating brownies in front of the television for four hours every Friday evening is essential, that’s fine. Only YOU know which activities are essential to YOUR life, but be aware that the ultimate purpose of this assignment is to assess which hours might be put aside for writing.
(Note: there’s no need to include activities you find too personal/private/insubstantial – such as bathroom time, flossing, taking out the rubbish. Ew.)
SEGMENT TWO: Tweaking your schedule
After you’ve kept the time sheet (from SEGMENT ONE: Where do the hours go?) for seven days, consider how you might integrate writing-time into your daily paces. You’ve already learned myriad lessons about your optimal creative hours from your past successes, and now you’ve become more aware of your present pace.
Brainstorm about the hours that might be optimal to set aside for writing CONSISTENTLY EVERY WEEK. Although you may write for more hours closer to deadlines, you should carve out a few hours as weekly increments of sacred writing time. For these hours, you will say, “I’m busy,” if anyone asks you out for a coffee. As a beacon of commitment and resolve, you will schedule other activities AROUND these writing hours every week.
If you’re only able to set aside one hour to write every week, that’s a good starting point.