At a recent writing conference, the keynote speaker, a well-known author of multiple books, described his personal writing schedule. He wakes at 5:00 am, every day, and spends two hours writing, every day.
As much as I love writing, and as much as I want to be a successful author, if his path is the only way, I’m finished before I even start. There is no 5:00 in my morning if I can help it. And if there is, I’m certainly not productive. That schedule is simply not feasible for me personally.
But, as some writer friends and I discussed after the session, his schedule works for him. What the rest of us have to do is figure out what works for us.
With my current work schedule and other activities and demands, I can’t possibly make time to write every day. I’ve tried. It’s an unattainable goal and only leads to frustration and disappointment.
So what I can do is set a weekly goal of writing a realistic and manageable number of hours per week. That will keep me writing and making progress on my current projects, while still being flexible enough to allow for the other things that life and work throw at me.
Is it a perfect solution? No. But it is manageable for me. What are your manageable writing goals?