How To Create A Novel Writing Schedule

By on February 18, 2021

Creating and sticking to a novel-writing schedule could mean the difference between finishing and publishing your novel, and giving up altogether. A writing schedule is one that needs to work for you, one that challenges you, but also one that you can commit to wholeheartedly and keeps you on the right track so that you finish your book within the time that you want to.

The benefits of a writing schedule are numerous and include:

Feeling organized and businesslike about your writing will give you confidence. It’s a commitment and makes things official - you’re a writer now. 

You are less likely to procrastinate - a writing schedule makes you accountable

You’ll feel more motivated - a writing schedule will help you see that your end goal is achievable and help you keep working towards that finish line. 

Being a better writer - your schedule will help you write more and faster - the more you practice, the better you’ll get!

So what are some things you should consider when setting up your writing schedule? 

What times of day work best for you

Spend some time figuring out when you are dos productive as well as when you have pockets of time that will write. If you know you are useless in the mornings - don’t make your main writing time then - figure out how to write when it will make you feel energized and excited - then you’ll enjoy your time spend writing and want to do it more. 

Setting up a writing only calendar

Have a separate calendar for your writing schedule as well as integrating it with your other day-to-day life. This was you can easily see the tasks you have to do with getting it cluttered up with your other domestic or family duties, but you can also see what other commitments you have so you can be sure when you’ve committed to writing, you’ll do it.

Prioritising different aspects of your book writing project

A writing schedule should include not just time blocked out for writing, but for all aspects of the book creating process. So consider what else you need to do to get your book across the finish line such as creating a marketing plan, doing research, finding an agent, and so on, and build these into your schedule too.

Setting a daily word count goal

A daily word count goal is a great way to create short-term aims and quick daily wins that will help keep your motivation high. Make your word count goal realistic and you are sure to keep it up!

Organising a writing space

A writing space that has everything you need to minimize distractions and stay productive will help ensure you stick to your schedule.

Joining a writing community or getting an author buddy

Be accountable for your writing schedule by joining a writing community or teaming up with a writing buddy and sharing your goals with them!

By following these tips, you can create a solid, workable writing schedule that will keep you motivated and on track from the moment you start writing your book to the very end!

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