This year I am writing a novel.
I am not someone who can sit down at a scheduled time and just bang some writing out. Power writing is not my strong suit. I need to be in the zone, or I need to get into it somehow. This can be problematic when I have set aside 3 ½ hours a week for this writing book 1 in The Nameless Files. Anyway, you are probably wondering what I am rambling on about.
There are 52 weeks in a year. I am working on a writing schedule of 3 ½ hours a week. That means I have set 182 hours aside for all my writing this year: novel, these posts, my coffee posts and anything else that I might write up. I am not sure if that will be enough time especially if I actually want to actually finish the novel in rough. So, at the end of the first week in March I am re-visiting my writing schedule. How do I find time, literally find time, to write?
Solution #1: My husband’s schedule involves a few night shifts and I typically dedicate one of those nights to relaxing after the children go to bed. This relaxing usually involves a combo of a warm sleepy tea, a snuggly blanket, a book, a puzzle, my favourite TV show (Outlander, Friends or La Reina del Sur), a hot bubble bath or I read in bed. The goal being “me time” but no chores. Anyway, I am thinking that these nights can no involve some writing or I can make it a “Write Night.”
Solution #2: I can make NaNoWriMo fit into my life’s schedule this year. I think it could be a great tool for me to use to finish up the back half of this project. All the character should be developed. The story line laid out and a few chapters written.
What kind of writer are you? Do you power write? Can you just be in the writing zone when you try to write at a scheduled time? How do you get in the zone?
By Shari Marshall – 2021