Finding the time to write

Every writer has been in the same dilemma at one point or another: they don’t have enough time to write. It could be because of kids, a partner, or endless work meetings. If you’re in the same position yourself, don’t fret — with the right amount of planning and persistence, you will create the perfect writing schedule for you. 

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Scheduling is an important part of the overall writing process,

Writing a novel

At Palmetto Publishing, we offer services created to make the self-publishing process simple and easy. But we understand that writing a novel is not an easy feat. Moreover, there seem to be many ways to approach the task, but the most effective way to ensure you get the job done is by forming a habit of whichever path you choose. As such, there are a few popular routes that most writers follow.

Planning out your novel

The first step towards developing a good writing schedule is planning writing. A successful plan consists of a solid outline of your novel, including the important plot points, in-depth character descriptions, and a list of any resources you can refer to later on. Ensuring you have the necessary research completed beforehand will limit the amount of roadblocks and distractions you have to face.  

Making a writing schedule

To settle on the right schedule for you, consider what time of day you are most productive. For some, that’s early morning, and for others, they get their best ideas late into the night. After you’ve decided, you can play around with different writing methods until you find the one that motivates you the most. Common and popular methods include:

  • The short burst method: This method includes continuously writing for a short amount of time, such as 20 minutes. For this period, you won’t stop writing until the time is up. This is a good choice for those with a busy schedule.
  • The Pomodoro method: Both a popular writing and studying technique, this involves writing for 25 minutes, taking a short 5-minute break, then writing again for 25 minutes. These times can be altered if desired. 
  • The opportunist method: The opportunist seeks time for writing throughout the day, whether it’s during their morning commute, lunch breaks at work, or when their family is watching TV. If you’re more of a spontaneous writer, this will be the perfect pick. 
  • The planner method: If you don’t mind writing for long periods, you’ll benefit from planning out time slots ahead of time where you can write for one or several hours at a time. 

Sticking to your timeline

It’s one thing to craft a writing schedule, but it’s another thing to stick to it. To ensure you follow your schedule, you can use certain strategies to hold yourself accountable. For instance, you can share your schedule with relatives so they can remind you of your writing time. You can also create a writing log to track words written for the day to show your progress. Alternatively, include writing time in your calendar alongside appointments and meetings to emphasize its importance. 

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Of course, the first step to any writing is starting!

Once you’ve finished writing a book, you’ll have to consider the next steps. Palmetto Publishing has you covered with multiple publishing services, including editing, illustrating, marketing, and so much more. Contact us today