Friday, November 23, 2012
Writing: How Much Time...?
I'm retired, so I don't have a "day job." However, as any retired person can attest, I'm busier now than I ever was when practicing medicine (which was my full-time profession for over 36 years). That means that there are times I'd like to write, but life intervenes.
That having been said, my usual routine is to go to my office (which is twelve steps from our bedroom) after breakfast and fire up the computer. After checking email and reading about a dozen blogs that I follow, I open the book I'm currently writing and read through the previous scene. This gets me into the flow of things, as well as letting me do a bit of editing. Then I try to write.
How long do I write at a time? Do I have a daily word quota? I write until I'm tired of writing--sometimes as little as 30 minutes, sometimes for a couple of hours. There are breaks, but I try to stay with it until I reach the end of a scene (and I write fairly short scenes and chapters). Then I save my work and walk away. I come back in the afternoon if I can, but sometimes there's no time or opportunity.
This is in contrast with writers who set a word count goal for every day or week. I find that it doesn't work for me. And the closer I am to deadline, the more I tend to write.
Kim, thanks for the question. Unfortunately, there's no "one size fits all" answer. I suggest you find what works for you (usually over time, by trial and error), and forget what others may do.
Do any of you have questions about writing? I'd love to tackle them.
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