Spontaneity can be exhilarating and bring zest to your writing, but if you are a new or an uncertain writer, you are well advised to schedule your writing. Without a time set aside, it become to easy to “forget” or find an excuse—”I’m just too busy today.”
Discipline will produce results that spontaneity cannot keep up with.
Be ambitious. Set a great pace to working on your memoir. This can happen when you schedule your writing.
Today is as good a time as any to begin the habit of writing every day whether you are seeking to do a rough draft or polish your text.[Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
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When you follow a memoir writing schedule to write your lifestories at a certain time, then you will not feel anguished if you are not writing all the time. Because the unconscious seems to thrive on ritual—and memory depends heavily on the cooperation of the unconscious as well as the effort to remember you will inevitably find yourself remembering more when you write regularly.
Write at the same time—say every evening from 7 to 8:30 PM or every other morning from 6:30 to 7:30 AM. You will find your imagination automatically gearing up at those times when you yourself open up to writing at set times. It’s like your appetite being whetted by knowing a mealtime is approaching. One moment you’re not hungry and the next—after you’ve realize it’s quarter to twelve—you feel famished!
You must live like a bourgeois so that you can write like a bohemian. —Honoré Balzac
There are many options for creating a schedule.