The Right Way to Write

I need some discipline. No, not that kind of discipline.

I mean discipline in my writing. My hit and miss approach to writing is really not working. I have creative spurts where I write furiously for days, weeks, months and get great slabs of my book(s) written, then go off the rails and write nothing for months. Then I ‘lose’ my writing mojo and have enormous trouble getting back into it again (like now).

So, I’m going to trial writing a little every day. It turns out, I have a free hour and half every day in the mornings where I could feasibly get writing done. I’ve never written small bits every single day before, so I figure I may as well give it a try for a few weeks and see how it goes. Watch this space for news on the great experiment.

How about you? How do you write? Every day? When the muse strikes? Do you schedule in time or find time when things are quiet? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

21 thoughts on “The Right Way to Write

  1. Jess, I think we need to stick to our agreement of motivating each other to write. Taking a little time in the day can work but I find it frustrating at times when I hit a snag because now time is a factor. Although jotting down some quick notes does help for the next session.

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  2. I don’t write every day. I have planned days off, research days, whatever days. Once I sit to write, I am pretty disciplined at actually typing away for my planned amount of time (even if it’s a blah day).

    I am reading a book called The Art of Slow Writing by Louise DeSalvo, and it’s making me question whether producing a book as fast as I can is the right path . . . Do I need more days off, more drafts, more starts and re-starts of the first chapters? I’ll have to read the rest of the book to see if DeSalvo’s wisdom is right for my style of writing.

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  3. I write in fits and starts. It is recommended to do a bit every day. Some have a timer, others a word count. With a full time job, I have to squeeze in what I can get, but would love to have a dedicated time every day.

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  4. Wishing you lots of success with that hour and a half, Jess. I write on the weekends (mostly Sundays), although some are more productive than others. Today, I did most editing, followed by a single paltry scene. Still it was a scene I didn’t have before.

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  5. I write when I can. Last week I struggled because work was so busy so I didn’t write for a whole week. I got up at 4.30am on Sunday to write and have managed another c. 1600 words yesterday and today. Not to bad as this section is a heavy research section and so the writing is slower.

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