6. Stick to a schedule

Foraging on with the commandments and in this is number six. Sticky, sticky, sticky. That is, sticking with the schedule.

6. Stick to a schedule
The main difference between successful writers and wannabe writers is not talent—it’s perseverance. They finish what they start. Create a writing schedule that works for you and stick with it. (rain or shine like the old mailman he delivered – except Sunday. No post on Sundays. But we writers don’t recognize that do we?)Two types of scheduling work best for most writers.

1. The Gridlock Method. Fill out a weekly grid with all your responsibilities that cannot be changed—work, school, family, etc. Find two-hour blocks on at least three days of the week that you can claim for writing. Announce to your family and friends that those are your writing hours, and you are not to be disturbed during that time except for emergencies. (Be sure to define “emergencies.”)

2. The Spare-Change Method. This method is for those whose schedules are less predictable. On a calendar, write the number of pages you intend to complete per day. Regardless of how busy you are that day, commit to staying up until that number of pages is complete.

3. There is also the method of word count. If you meet your quota for the day and you can call it quits for that day.

Whichever method you use, the result will be the same: You will end up with a completed manuscript.

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