When you write, do you have a schedule? Are you organized? Do you treat your career like a business?
I’m curious, because I’ve had a rather haphazard regard to my writing. I write when the story wants to be written. I used to, many years ago, sit down at a specific time every day and write, but I found that most of that writing was just Stream of Consciousness stuff that didn’t lead to anything publishable, just my ramblings. (Kinda like this blog post so far.) So I abandoned that, but didn’t replace it with anything concrete, only writing as the mood strikes.
As far as submitting, I’ve had a scattergun approach, submitting feverishly for a while then getting discouraged and not submitting anything for a time. The writer’s version of a roller coaster.
As you can imagine, my career hasn’t gone gangbusters with this method.
So it got me wondering. How do other writers, successful writers, treat their careers? Do they have a schedule? Maybe Mondays they spend submitting. Tuesdays they spend editing. Wednesdays they devote to research. Things like that.
So what kind of writer are you? Very disciplined with a day planner or organizer at your side? Do you have set times when you do specific activities?
Or do you take a “come what may” kind of attitude? “Today I feel like writing on my novel.” “Today I feel like submitting.” “Today I’ll have a few drinks and relax.”
Because, honestly, I need to knuckle down and do some serious writerly soul searching.