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
- Book cover design
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.