I found a guest post on Rachel Poli’s blog. Ari Meghlen writes about how to guard our writing time. Thank you very much Ari and Rachel!
Firstly, thanks so much to Rachel for inviting me onto her awesome blog and share my thoughts with all her readers.
Unless you’re a full-time writer, you will have to carve out time for your writing throughout a million and one other tasks from errands, to chores, to a job etc.
So, you need to guard your writing time and here are some simple tips to start you off:
Set a Commitment
Give yourself a commitment. Whether that’s a daily word count, a monthly scene quota or just a single deadline to complete the first draft. Write it down. Put it somewhere you can see it every day when you sit down to write. Add in a reward for yourself for when you reach that commitment.
Decide the Outcome
Knowing what you want to have done when you sit down to write will reduce delays. If you’re a plotter, keep your outline close and know what part you want to be writing that day. If you’re a pantser, decide what you want to be writing – a chapter, a scene etc.