The Secret Schedules of Great Authors

What’s your writing schedule?

A Writer's Path

by Andrea Lundgren

As I writer, I’m always curious about how other writers write. And much of what I’ve read on this subject is daunting: write every day, write even when you don’t feel like it, write first thing in the morning when your energies are at their peak, etc. Hemingway was a great proponent of early morning writing, starting at six, and even Stephen King’s excellent thoughts in On Writing are a bit daunting:

“Like your bedroom, your writing room should be private, a place where you go to dream. Your schedule–in at about the same time every day, out when your thousand words are on paper or disk–exists in order to habituate yourself, to make yourself ready to dream just as you make yourself ready to sleep by going to bed at roughly the same time each night and following the same ritual as you go.”

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3 Comments

  1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hearing so much about the thousand word concept has helped me to accomplish a little bit more in finishing my deadlines. Thank you NJ and everyone else who has helped me along a writer’s journey.

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  2. I can’t force writing. I write when I have something to say or the muse thinks it has and likes to wake me from a nap or keep me from falling back asleep. I do my best writing from 1 to 3 AM, but am trying to change that habit. Writing from prompts is a great help for boosting my own imagination, especially in fiction, since I write mostly non-fiction. The best feeling comes when I finish a piece of writing. I enjoy the editing part where the work takes on polish and shines. Then, if it’s good, I read it over and over amazed that the writing is actually good.

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  3. Thanks for this sobering article reblog, Nonnie! I wish I had some of these romantic writing habits and schedules. I’ll let you into a secret: when I’m on a writing roll, nothing else matters much – it would certainly not be a good time to have my photo taken – scarecrow will look better!

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