Mamerto Adan is a feature writer who is back in college once again. Science is one of his favorite topics.
Yes, I know how it feels. It’s really hard to balance your career and your passion without getting drained. Many of us have a job that will keep us busy all day and sometimes all night. We also have a desire to pen a story, to express ourselves and to build our own world just to escape the stresses of the real one. Then to much of our disappointments, we just found out that we never had the time or the energy to do what we love. But if there is something my day job taught me is that everything is possible if you organize. Applying this to real life, I just realized that a bit of time management will let me do the things I love without conflicting with my day job.
Being realistic in your writing
Stories range from micro-fictions of a few hundreds words, to a monstrous 100 000 word epic novels. This article will help you come up with a story with a word count of 1000 words in a week. Now such word counts are in the range of flash fictions, and yes this is a word count accepted in many publishers. As I mentioned it will take you a week to create such a story length. Yes, a week or more depending on your schedule. According to my experience this is a plausible word count for an employed guy. Most writers insist that a minimum of 1000 words a day is an ideal output, but remember that this will be impossible in the case of the working people. And it will be wishful thinking if you have a family too! And that’s the first step of organizing your writing schedule, setting an achievable word count output in a week. Remember, finishing a story a week is better than not writing a story at all. But if you could do better, go ahead!
Limiting your writing schedule to less than one hour
Yes, for the sake of your mental and social health. How much you itch to write, shorter is better when you have other priorities. And shorter is far better than nothing at all! I work for eight to nine hours a day when there is no scheduled overtimes. My workplace is an hour away from my house, which means that it will be seven in the evening when I get home. I have to eat, exercise, rest, do hobbies, interact with the family and sleep early, which leaves little time to go 1000 words in a sitting. And my mind will be drained if forced to produce such output and believe me, too much prose will drive you insane. Hence for busy people, one hour of storytelling is enough!
Plan your plot ahead of your writing
This is for a smooth flow of your writing. I mean it will save you time if you don’t have to think of where the plot will go each time you pick a paper and pencil. You will just focus on your world building, your characters, the plot and nothing more. And planning ahead ensures that the plot you created will have no holes. By planning, you will spot plot problems even before you pen the story
Set your schedule
Now just refer below to the writing schedule I’m following. You noticed that I started on weekends, as that’s the most relaxed time of the week, by being relaxed you could easily come up with ideas.
Day 1, Saturday:
Spend thirty minutes to one hour to plan a plot. Plan the start, the body and the end of the story. Plan each scene and expect changes when the actual writing starts. Come up with the characters from heroes to villains.
Day 2, Sunday:
Now that you have a plot to begin with, you may start your initial draft. Remember that you only have thirty to an hour, so focus on the first 200 words of the story. Now the first 200 words may contain the introduction, the main character but it’s all up to you as the writer.
Day 3, Monday:
Yes, the harshest day of the week. You are still in the period of transition, adapting from the heaven of weekends to the hell of stresses. You need your hobby more than ever yet you might be too exhausted to think. So when you write I suggest warming up a bit by spending the first thirty minutes re-writing the first 200 words. Yes, you must re-write to help your mind catch up with the story, and to correct some flaws on your draft. Spend the last thirty minutes constructing the next 200 words, which will take the reader deeper into the story.
Day 4, Tuesday:
You are well warmed up for the week, but repeat the usual writing routine you did last Monday; warm up by rewriting before drafting the next 200 words. And give yourself a pat on the back. You have finished a 600 word draft. You are halfway to your story!
Day 5, Wednesday:
Halfway into the week and you are nearly there. Remember the routine, rewrite then construct! By now after you are through rewriting, you are in the process of drafting the ending of the fiction.
Day 6, Thursday:
After five days and you just realized that you have drafted your whole story! Even better if you follow the daily routine, you only have 200 words to rewrite. You are now a stone’s throw away to finishing your fiction.
Day 7, Friday:
It will be weekend tomorrow so you may break the routine and work for extra hours. After rewriting your second draft, start encoding. Now 1000 words won’t be that much to type. If you are used typing in the office, you will finish the whole encoding process in an hour.
Day 8, Saturday:
A week later and you have a story. Do a quick proof reading first before submitting it to a publisher. Again at only 1000 words it won’t take that long to spot those errors. Get yourself a good break after. You just made an achievement. In your busy schedule you just wrote your story!
So a day job is not an excuse anymore. Happy writing then!
Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on December 25, 2017:
Thanks MizBejabbers! Though I usually keep a writing schedule, sometimes I just don't feel like writing :)
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 24, 2017:
If I felt like I had to follow the rules, I would never write. If you let creativity take the lead, it will come naturally--if writing is your destination. Some people think they want to be writers, but they don't have the creative talent. Those are the ones the "experts" have to keep pushing. I thought I wanted to be a computer programmer, but I had to push myself to study, so I dropped it. I was an editor for 33 years, so I know what I'm talking about.
Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on October 31, 2017:
Thanks Mary! I accidentally discovered this during my wattpad days. It did helped me a lot though it is exhausting t some point lol
Mary Wickison from Brazil on October 31, 2017:
I like the idea of this. All too often, the day has passed by and I think, "what have I accomplish?"
Putting it down on paper and only committing a small amount of time, 30 minutes to an hour, should be doable.
This is a great organization tip that can work for writing articles here on Hubpages as well.
I'll have to give it a whirl, thanks.