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WendellB from New Orleans. Now, Southern Califronia is reading Meditation for Multi-Taskers January 28, 2013 - 6:34pm

Hi folks,

  I'm interested in hearing about any time management tips my fellow writers have. I'm sure the bulk of us have day jobs, families, school so on so forth. How do you juggle these responsibilities and make the time needed to draft and revise a winning manuscript?

With me it starts with discipline. Do I watch Howls Moving Castle again or do I work on my manuscript. My window of opportunity is very thin however so I'm usually giving up the small portion of time I have for entertainment to write. There is also sleep deprivation. When I am the most productive with my writing is when I sleep only five hours a night as opposed to the usual seven. That's 14 extra hours that I get to write, but after a week and a half of that behavior the tasks I do during the day degrade in quality.

   Looking forward to discussing how to stay productive!

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Frank Chapel from California is reading Thomas Ligotti's works January 28, 2013 - 8:10pm

I work from 8am to 5pm. I get home around 6, i start writing around 7 until 11pm. I write around 200 to 500 words in this amount of time. I'm actually very slow, but I kept at it and now have a possible entry for the Sci-Fi challenge they're having. 

You just really have to close yerself off from distractions, and start with that one sentence, to see if it takes you anywwhere, er that's what i did anyhow. Also setting realistic goals rather than a "I WILL BANG OUT THIS MAGNUM OPUS TODAY" type delusions helps. There's a good article on here about realistically setting goals, part of it dealt with time management. I'll try to find it.


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Stacy_R_Haynes from North Charleston, SC is reading Coffee Break Screenwriter January 28, 2013 - 9:47pm

I try to write daily, and fail sometimes.  One thing I will do is use the Pages and Notes apps on my cell phone to jot down ideas, passages, and thoughts I use for blog posts.

About to start a new job, so I'm going to have to figure out how to work around the changes while learning the new work.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated January 29, 2013 - 2:04am

I write 5 or 6 chapters in a day, then do like 3 pages in a month. I try to stay a steady pace, but the only luck I had was Nano. So I'd say having people who ask about how you are doing and stuff helps.

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Carly Berg from USA is reading Story Prompts That Work by Carly Berg is now available at Amazon January 29, 2013 - 6:36am

Not to be a downer here, but just to add a thought from the longer point of view. For effective time management, you need some time to manage. If you are cutting into your sleep time or the small amount of time you have to unwind from a heavy load, then it sounds like you don't really have any time to spare. Some years are more densely packed with responsibilities than others but that keeps changing. If I knew I'd get my turn now (for now anyway), I wouldn't have stressed about it when life was more demanding.  Maybe you'd want to plan in a larger way instead, for a time when you can set aside writing hours without cutting into your basic needs. Good luck with it.

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WendellB from New Orleans. Now, Southern Califronia is reading Meditation for Multi-Taskers January 29, 2013 - 12:16pm

Thank you all for your insights. This was a good array of suggestions. I'm hanging in there with my work style right now because I am fueled by the outlook of my end result. Am also hoping that by accomplishing a new career step, I can convert the time I spend spinning my wheels at my job, to earning my way with my own enterprise. As it is now, I'm rocking both methods and sleeping five to seven hours a night, but that's how progress is made when you start out with 250 dollars and a suitcase.