Routines and Timetables

I am organised. So organised you wouldn’t believe! I have a pretty spreadsheet with colourful boxes that signify what I should be doing at any allocated time. I have my runs, my writing, my Uni work, the school run all timetabled to perfection.

Do I use it? Do I heck!

I recently read a blog by writer Elizabeth R. Murray ( http://ermurray.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/is-your-routine-good-enough/ ) about sorting out a routine to best suit your daily life. The importance of treating writing as your work is not something I have ever been successful at. In fact, you’d be safe to say that I feel incredibly guilty about shutting myself away and spending time writing.

I think it may stem from my enjoyment of writing. You aren’t supposed to enjoy your work, right?

But if I am ever going to actually get enough (good) words down on paper or word processor then I need to shut myself away and do the writing. I spend plenty of time writing in my notebook; ideas, images, observations, etc, but I rarely make something out of them. This is where the ‘work’ time come in…and it’s time I need to find in my day to day life.

Elizabeth shares her new-found writing routine at the end of her blog and I am extremely envious of the time she can spend writing. I will have to try to be more savvy with my time and I have been sat in front of my spreadsheet for most of the morning trying to tweak it to a sensible layout for my life. It has proved difficult but I am getting there.

I’d love to ask what your writing routines and timetables are like? Particularly those of you with lots of other commitments like children, University, work, family. How do you fit it all in?

I’d love to hear your advice/views/troubles and triumphs so post away in the comments and share your experiences…

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4 responses to “Routines and Timetables

  • dorothystewartblog

    Spreadsheets, plans – yep, been there, done that – and no writing happens! It is so easy for the planning and the plans to grow a sneaky life of their own and spread out (is that why they’re called spreadsheets?!) so they take over the time you had allocated to…writing.

    I reckon ditch the spreadsheets. Be nice to yourself. Decide writing is fun,a treat, something you do because you love doing it (Terry Pratchett said writing was the most fun he reckoned he could have on his own) and then… then you need a purpose, a goal: Carolyn See in “Making a Literary Life” states bluntly: do 1000 words a day for five days a week for the rest of your life. That’s one way to do it. The other is a story idea that grabs you and makes you fall in love with it so much that you slope off to your keyboard like a rendezvous with an illicit lover and only wake up from the trance when the cat or the kids demand to be fed…

    Hang in there! Just write….

    • Vicki

      Some really good advice there…thank you! I agree. This morning I could have been writing instead of planning but I thought I saw it as an investment of time; that it would pay off overall.

      The 1000 word a day idea is a good one but I fear I’d feel a failure if I didn’t reach my target. Maybe lower the limit but feel free to storm over it should the words flow.

      You are right though…just sit down and blimmin write, eh!

      Thank you.

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