I returned home from a playful, leaf-tromping, freezing-rain-touched Thanksgiving Holiday eager to begin writing my second short story in an intended series of 14.
I’ve long wished my writing schedule would be as steady and rhythmic as the seasonal progression. I believe Life responds to regular effort, cheers on creative risks, and supports steady devotion to the Heart’s expressive passions. But I’ve never been able to stick to a strict writing schedule whether morning or evening. Minutes or hours. Weekday or weekend.
I’ve given up tracking down the root of this regularity struggle. Instead I’m switching to what I call a Spontaneous Schedule. I’ve successfully applied this approach in upping my karate practice, so why not try it with writing?
The schedule: An hour per day. The spontaneity: when inspiration and possibility coincide. The former solidifies my commitment, builds momentum and zaps inertia. The latter accommodates employment demands, respects other commitments and moves with my varying need for rest, all while stoking creative alertness and a playful spirit.
I’ve written a continuous 60 minutes one day. And then a 20/40 split the next. 30/30. Back to 60. Whatever the scheduled spontaneity convergence produces. Additional boosts leap in here and there: mulling over character motivations while squeezing toothpaste onto the brush; scratching down ideas on a sticky note during a lunch break.
Word by word. Paragraph by paragraph. The story is emerging. And I’m enjoying the effort.
How do you approach your creative projects? Balance schedule and spontaneity? Experience the qualitative process and creativity you desire?