Five tips for authors to stay organized and on a writing schedule

Authors have many ideas, but they need to stick to a writing schedule to convert specific ideas into words. It can be challenging to find enough spare time and the patience to convert a writing process into a routine, particularly for emerging writers who work full-time. It is, however, possible to create a writing routine that works for you and keeps you on track to finishing your first article and, finally, your first book.

So here are a few tips that would help you to stay organized.

Set up your routine

Set up your sleeping routine. Getting good sleep is crucial for a writer. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body will become exhausted, and your mind will soon follow. And, physical fatigue has a direct effect on brain function. You may be able to go a week, maybe ten days, with sleeping four hours a night. But after that, the exhaustion from your day job and your cerebral operation will take its toll, and your health will suffer, so will your work.

Determine your most productive time

Some authors are most productive first thing in the morning, while others are night owls who sit up late and scribble in the early hours of the morning. Knowing the right time of day to plan your writing sessions is very helpful when creating a writing routine. You can make this decision based solely on personal preference, or you can be a bit more scientific about it.

Alternatively, you can try some days of writing in the morning, some days of writing at night, and so on. Keep track of your performance and inspiration levels, and then figure out which method is better for you. When you figure out what time of day you’re most innovative and productive, you can plan your writing schedule around it.

Organize your writing tasks

Make sure all of your files are sorted and assembled before you sit down to write. The quicker you find your files, the more likely you will start writing at your scheduled time. Keep your articles organized in Google Docs or Microsoft Word files. The working title should be written on each file with the pertinent version or other information for ease of accessing. Having a task list that you can cross items off also helps fuel a sense of organization and accomplishment as even small tasks get done. 

Create a writing space

Finding a quiet spot away from the rest of the family is a perfect place to stay focused. When you’re in your writing area or workspace, you minimize interruptions by creating a zone where you can work far from the noise of home life. Your office or workspace should have all of the necessary equipment, as well as some visual aids to help set the mood. Put your phone on silent or put it away to avoid unnecessary distractions.

Stick to your routine

There’s only one thing left to do after you’ve created a routine that is – sticking to it. This does not mean you cannot modify your routine according to your goals, personal situations, or writing patterns. The procedures of the routine can be changed, but your dedication to the routine cannot. It would be best if you took your writing seriously. It is the best way to achieve your writing goals.

Writers are creative souls by nature that are driven by their craft. Unfortunately, the finer aspects of setting up and maintaining a routine to accomplish this creativity maybe be what hinders them from finishing projects. A few tweaks and a firm writing routine allow that creativity to flow from beginning to published end. Happy writing!

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