(Originally posted on NewGuyDave LiveJournal May 28th, 2012)
Lately, the day job has left me with waxing and waning (mostly the latter) motivation and energy in the evenings. I can’t let that keep me from penning the next modest Canadian novel. If I let the day go, hoping to write, it won’t happen.
I used to tell people I didn’t wait for inspiration, quoting Peter DeVries, “I only write when I’m inspired, and I make sure I’m inspired every morning at 9am.” Like I didn’t wait for inspiration, I shouldn’t wait for motivation. (snip)
Thus, I’m booking time in my schedule for writing (and exercise). It’s the only way to get them done. Mon/Wed/Fri nights are for the gym and friends, Tues/Thurs night and Sat/Sun AM are for writing.
How do you get your writing time in? What’s your plan? How do you follow up? Do you give yourself treats for writing?