When I was a teenager, I was vehemently opposed to scheduling creativity. Writing isn’t the type of thing that you can fit into an allotted time slot, I thought. Of course, as a teenager, I also had the time and leisure to sit down and write whenever I wanted.
Nowadays, like most bloggers, that thing called life often gets in the way of writing. We’re busy people and, most of the time, blogging simply takes a backseat to our various responsibilities. But if we didn’t want to write, we wouldn’t be here at the Daily Post, would we?
Thankfully, I’ve grown out of my militant teenage years and had a few realizations about the benefits of scheduling writing time. One of the most important things is being realistic. Ask yourself, when am I most productive? And how much can I realistically write? Without a base understanding of your goals and expectations, it’s difficult to gauge a) how much time you should schedule for writing and b) when to optimize your writing time. If you’re a morning person, can you get up a half-hour early once a week to write a post or two? Similarly, if you find that writing daily is too much, but once a week is just enough, then go for it. It’s all about what works for you.
Which leads me to my second point: deciding to write once a day or once a week isn’t a one-time decision. Instead, each writing session you’ve set aside for yourself requires a renewed commitment. To keep your energy up, get a blogging buddy. We’ve posted about this in the past on Daily Post — like an exercise routine, finding someone to motivate you and make sure that you’re sticking to your goals is a great, mutually-beneficial way to keep your morale up. Don’t forget that you can even ask for feedback from your buddy with the Writing Helper tools on your Add New post page.
Lastly, just because you’ve decided to schedule a time to write, that doesn’t mean that’s the only time you can write. Even as a blogger, keep a notebook with you and jot down ideas, phrases, story lines the old school way. Better yet, download a mobile WordPress app and blog on the go, either by beginning draft posts, publishing short updates, or trying out photo blogging. Similarly, if you’ve made a schedule, but the words just won’t come, don’t force it. Though the more you write, the more ideas you’ll have, some days it’s just not in us. And that’s okay! Making yourself feel guilty will only make you dread the next time you sit down in front of your computer. It’s about practice and finding balance; blogging slowly and steadily means you’ll be able to stick with it for the long term.