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IWSG Day Question: What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

I took a job recently that has me working 10 hour days. I took it because I needed the money. To be honest, royalties last year were not good. It was my fault really, having all the time in the world made me lazy.

Now I don't have time to be lazy. Working 10 hours a day, has taken me a couple of months to get used to, but finding time to write has been the real challenge.

I knew if I was going to get back to writing, I had to make a schedule and stick with it.

First, I started with my word of the year ...


In order to get everything I want done this year, it's simple. I need to work.

Next, I looked at my schedule and tried to see what was happening that prevented me from writing when I wasn't work.

Well, I have to wake up at 5:30 am to get to work by 7:00 am, no time there. Once I get home after an hour long drive, all I want to do is unwind, watch television and make sure I get in bed by 10:00 pm.

Since the morning wasn't an options, I noticed that I had a lot of energy around 5:30 - 5:45. Maybe it was the realization that my work day was over, but if I could parlay that into 45-60 minutes of creative energy, it would be the perfect time to write.

My office is pretty quiet after 5:30 pm.

So, here's the plan.

My goal for 2017 is to average 1,000 words a day.

I can get those words easily in that hour after I clock out. Plus, I don't get home much later because the traffic adds 20 minutes to my commute and it's non-existent at 6:30 pm.

I've implemented it for 1 day and you know what ... I think it's going to work (fingers crossed).

What steps have you taken out a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

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