Using a Writing Production Schedule to Achieve Goals

Using a Writing Production Schedule to Achieve Goals

Until I started writing a book I didn’t realise a writing production schedule was a thing.

All I knew was I had a big goal (50,000 ish words) and in order to achieve it, I'd need to:

  • define a timeframe
  • break the project down into chunks
  • schedule the chunks, and
  • create some sort of accountability mechanism.

This is exactly what a writing production schedule does.

Why do I Need a Writing Production Schedule?

Put simply, it will make the completion of a big writing project easier and more manageable by setting out realistic goals and deadlines.

Seeing the goals you have achieved on a daily basis will increase your motivation.

If you struggle with focus, a writing production schedule will help. It will keep you accountable and prevent the build up of unfinished projects.

Ultimately, it's going to make you a better, more efficient writer.

How Do I Create a Writing Production Schedule?

It’s just maths.

Let's assume you are working on one book.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How long is your book going to be?
  • How many days a week will you be writing?
  • How many words a day do you plan to write?

In my case, I am writing a 50,000 word book. I write every day. My daily word count target is 1000 words. This means I should complete a first draft in 50 days.

Plot this information on a spreadsheet. You’ll want columns for dates, word count targets and actual word counts. You might want a column for "time spent writing" so you can assess your progress this way too.

After that, there are other stages to consider and plan. For example:

  • Second/third/fourth draft
  • Resting the book between drafts
  • Edit
  • Proofread
  • Beta-readers
  • Book cover design
  • Publish

These stages will differ for everyone, but should be plotted on the schedule.

Pretty sensible, right?

Keen to Save Time?

We’ve established you need a writing production schedule. We’ve roughly described what one looks like. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just download a writing production schedule template as a Google Sheet? Then you could just tweak it to suit your needs.

Your wish is my command.

Complete the form below and I’ll email you a copy of my schedule. It won't be a download; it will be a link in a confirmation email. Click the link and a copy of the document will be sent to your Google Drive. Let me know if you have any trouble with this. You will need a Google account.