Writing A Writing Schedule

Writing Schedule:

Making a schedule is essential to any writer. As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Let’s get into it. What makes a schedule? Careers, meal times, social time, and events. Here are some examples below:

Example Schedule 1:

Jenny works at fashion Inc from 9am to 5pm. She is a single woman. She eats three times a day, along with two snacks. Jenny socializes every Friday at 5:30 pm and this upcoming Saturday there is a birthday party at 1:00 pm. She also has the option of church service at 9 am or 5 pm.


Wake: 7am

Breakfast: 8 am

Work: 9 to 5 pm

Snacks: 1st at 10 am 2nd at 5 pm

Lunch: 12 noon

Free time and Dinner: 6-7 pm

Writing: 8-10 pm or 2,000 words

Example Schedule 2:

Example with spouse and kids. Side Note: I don’t have kids, so I am just going to assume Jimmy Jr. starts school at 8 am or whatever ungodly hour kids start school. So, Jimmy Sr. wakes at 6:00 am, and kisses spouse at 6:05 am. He performs am routine until 7am, then wakes the kids at 7:05 am, and must be out the door by 7:45, because school is 5 to 10 minutes away. He commutes and starts work from 9 to 5 pm, then picks Jr. up at 5:30. Dinner time is from 6 to 7. Kids homework (H.W.) is from 7:15 to 8 pm. Jimmy Sr. writes from 8 to 9 pm and has sex and bonding time with spouse from 9 to 10 pm. Yes! Plan the sex if necessary! Now, I will say this schedule is compact, therefore it is important to take note of habits. Also, meal prepping would go a long way. Therefore, if it can be frozen, meal prep on the weekends, or if it needs to stay fresh select two days out of the week to prep.  In this case, I would recommend Jimmy to write on the weekend in the am or pm when everyone is already asleep or winding down! And since he is writing for two days out of a seven-day week, a word limit from 6-10,000 would be appropriate for a novel or 2 to 4 poems for those two days.


Wake: 6am

Kiss spouse: 6:05 am

Am routine: 6:10 to 7 am

Quick Breakfast: 7 am- to 7:40 am

Out the door: 7:50 am

Work: 9 to 5 pm

Lunch: 12 N

Kids Pick Up: 5:30 pm

Dinner: 6 pm

Homework: 7:15-8 pm

Writing: 8-9 pm

Sex: 9 to 10 pm

Example Schedule 3:

If you are a full-time writer, first and foremost you are employed, and you do have a schedule! So, Lina wakes up at 9 am and has breakfast at 10 am. She goes to the library to research from 1 to 3 pm. Lunch is set to 12 noon and she socializes Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday. She writes five times a week and feels more creative between the hours of 7-10 pm.


Wake up: 9 am

Breakfast: 10 am

Library: 1 to 3 pm

Lunch: 12 noon

Tuesday Social: 5 pm

Saturday and Sunday Social:  12-2 pm

My schedule:

My creative juice start flowing around 7 pm. Therefore, I have set my schedule to start writing at 7 pm and I don’t have an end time, but I must reach at least 2,000 words. After reading Writer’s Digest I realized how much further I could be in my work and how much time I really needed to write. In a minute someone can write between 50 to 100 words, if you multiply that by the hour that’s, 3,000 to 6,000 words. If I write for two hours, I can achieve 6,000 to 12,000 words and my plan is to write four days a week and that equates to 24,000-48,000 words for the week and thus I can be finished with a novel in a week or two.


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