How Much Time Do You Spend Writing?


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In my new role as a half-time author, I find myself struggling with crippling self doubt. Did I say “crippling self doubt” again? Dammit, my therapist is gonna kill me.

I’ve been feeling some guilt because I FEEL I haven’t been writing as much as I should. We all have other obligations in life, but I guess I just feel like I should be doing more. On days that I don’t work, I get in about 3-5 hours of good writing. I’d like to push it to six, especially since I usually work 4 or more days a week.

Everybody’s got their own process, and they’ve all got their own idea about how much time one should spend writing. I’ve seen. Of course I know there are the purists who say, “Forty hours a week, period. Anything less is part time!” Then there are the liars, who say “Ten hours a day, easy!” When anyone who has a full time job will tell you they don’t spend all 8 of the hours in their day working.

But let’s put it out there:

Full or Part time, how many hours do you write? What helps you manage your time? When do you consider yourself productive?
Leave a comment and let us know!

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2 thoughts on “How Much Time Do You Spend Writing?

  1. I get two hours of writing done if I’m lucky and I have 15 chapters out of 30 completed so far. Sometimes I only get as little as 10 words done or I can write 1,000 in a sitting. What I’ve been doing lately is that if I have down time at work, I’ll write a scene out of order.

    For instance, in my re-write of The Silver Ninja I’m including flashbacks to Cindy’s history as a police officer. These scenes are essentially short stories that are connected to the plot but not in a way that they could change the plot. I can write these short stories out of order without screwing up the book. (Thank you Scrivener!)

    But for scenes that are deeply connected into the plot where one event leads to another. That’s when I need to use those two hours to write everything out and make sure it makes sense.

    The key thing to remember is that as long as you get something done that’s always an achievement. Books are a long process and the fact that you can get in 3-5 hours of writing in makes me extremely jealous.

    • Detailed answer, Wilmar!
      But to clarify, 3-5 is my GOAL. I’ve made it for the past two days, but it’s been a slow uphill grind to get there. I Won’t make it today because I had work.

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