IWSG January 2018: Schedule? I need one?

Once again, it’s the first Wednesday of the month, time for our Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop. The awesome co-hosts for the January 3 posting of the IWSG are Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria!


Speaking of the many fine resources on the IWSG site, I got so much value from the December 11 article by Angela Ackerman, author of The Emotional Thesaurus. Take a look here:


January 3 question – What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Schedule? What is this schedule you speak of?

A big, fat blessing bomb fell on my head at age almost-52, when I was able to take early retirement from my teaching job. At last, I had time to write! Teaching is freaking exhausting, and it ate up most of my creative energy.

But my adjustment to retirement involved a few years of stubborn push-back against schedules of any sort. Throughout my 27 years of teaching, I hated, hated, hated having to get up so early to go to work. (Why do we do that to our teens, anyway? They’re not fully awake until mid-morning, so what are they going to learn at 7:30?) A lot of my first few years of freedom involved lounging in bed just because I could, or taking long, aimless walks around my new town.

About a year ago, I started treating writing as a real job, albeit a part-time one, and developed the habit of writing from my very civilized wake-up time of about 7:30 until early afternoon. I do this every day I’m able, and get cranky if appointments or visits rob me of my writing time. What a treat to devote my high-energy hours to my own goals, rather than to tasks assigned by someone else.

Now that I’ve received my first publishing offer (huzzah!), this shit’s getting real, as the youngsters say. My intention is to devote the morning to my writing, take a break for errands and/or exercise, then devote the afternoon to correspondence, queries, marketing—the business side of things. But I’m sure there’ll be days when business chores gobble up most of my writing time.

Ah well, such is the writing life. And I love it. Here’s wishing you lots of productive writing time in 2018.

What does your writing schedule look like?




18 thoughts on “IWSG January 2018: Schedule? I need one?

  1. raimeygallant

    Congrats on publishing! That is very exciting. I too am not a schedule person. I like regularity in that I write most days, but at different hours on each. http:/www.raimeygallant.com

  2. Lee

    Hah! Your early days sound something like I envision for the first month after I leave the rat race to write full time in April. But I do plan to have a writing schedule. Like you, I intend to devote my high-energy hours to my own goals, rather than to tasks assigned by someone else. Congrats on your publication offer!

  3. patgarcia

    I write early in the morning also, and I am miserable to live with when anyone disturbs me during that time.
    Wishing you all the best for 2018,
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

    1. admin Post author

      And to you, Pat! Looks like you don’t yet have comments set up on your new site. I need to do the same: set up my author website and migrate writing-related comment from my old blog. I’ll need some hand-holding on that one. Wishing you clarity and peace in 2018.

  4. debscarey

    Wow! Fantastic news on the publishing offer – many congrats! I envy you being able to devote full-time to writing, although working in teaching for years means you’ve surely earned it! I’m crazily trying to set up a new business (life coaching) alongside my day job and writing. But we only live once eh? Love the light tone of your writing, am looking forward to reading more. All the best for 2018!

  5. trishafaye

    I like your plan. There’s enough structure in there that you cover all the bases you need to, while keeping the specific details loose enough to be flexible. Great thoughts!

  6. Olga Godim

    I admire your orderly approach. I also sit at my computer every morning, but unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that I write every day. Sometimes, I can’t, the words wouldn’t come, so I just waist the time with the internet. 🙁

  7. mirymom

    I’m fine with schedules . . .so long as I get to set them. I’m a teacher, too, and the delight of my non-teaching days is deciding how I will spend my time. If I don’t schedule to some extent, thought, days just slide between my fingers and leave me frustrated with my nonproductivity.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  8. Yvonne V

    It’s great to hear how your schedule had evolved! I’m not a morning person but do get satisfaction out of getting writing done early in the day, so it’s a balancing act.

  9. Liesbet

    It sure sounds like you got your writing schedule figured out (after a very deserved break)! Teaching is all-consuming and exhausting. I prefer my freelance lifestyle in the US much more, than my years of six-grade teaching in Belgium. 🙂 I am much less committed to a writing schedule than you, so here’s hoping 2018 will bring more dedication, commitment and focus.

  10. C.D. Gallant-King

    My writing schedule long ago went out the window. But I can totally relate to your frustration whenever something gets in the way of your writing. When I did have a semi-regular schedule, whenever I missed writing time (usually because I forgot to charge my laptop or I fell asleep), I was in a pissy mood for the rest of the day.

    No I don’t make a schedule; otherwise I’d be in a pissy mood all the time. 😛

  11. Christine Rains

    Congrats on the offer! My schedule revolves around my son’s school schedule since I work while he’s at school. I sit down at the computer at just after eight when the bus picks him up. I don’t like getting up early either, but it helps to be productive. Have a fantastic new year!


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