IWSG: Schedules

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here.

This month—year—I’m mostly insecure about whether I’ll be able to finish all my projects! Which is why the question about scheduling is so apropos.

Question of the Month: What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Answer: not enough!

I work from home, ostensibly as a full-time author. But with three kids in school, I really find my time split amongst errands, appointments, school functions, chores . . . It’s very easy to let the writing time slip away. That’s why this year I hope to rededicate myself to my work. Ideally, appointments and errands will be kept to just a couple days per week and the other three weekdays will be writing days. That’s not always possible, but it’s what I try to do.

I write on weekends, too. Usually one weekend day is a family day and the other is a writing day. Again, not always possible, but that’s the goal.

This year I’d like to pre-schedule anything I self-publish. Alas, I don’t know what will be finished or when! If Hamlette doesn’t find a home by April, I’ll publish it in May or June. I hope to have Faebourne done in time for a fall release. Somewhere in there, I’d like to get Changers 2 to my publisher as well. Ack! I’m feeling overwhelmed already!

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4 thoughts on “IWSG: Schedules”

  1. Sounds like have plenty of goals, which is almost like having a schedule, right?
    If I didn’t have to go to my day job, I’d designate mornings as as my writing time and take care of all my chores in the afternoon. That’s about as detailed a schedule as I’ll ever make. Good luck on your 2018 goals.

    1. Well, and I’ve set deadlines for myself, too. But the problem with self-set deadlines (at least MY problem with them) is that I know I don’t actually have to hold to them. It’s so easy to let things slip by…

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