Every single person will have a different writing style. That includes the act of writing, the planning for writing, and the actual writing.
Finding our preference will improve our ability.
Generally writers will fall into two categories: Pantser or Plotter.
Pantsers will have little to no planning before they start writing.
Plotters will have an extensive outline/plans before they begin.
Plans before do not always help a writer. Some need to plan beforehand. Some need to stop midway to plan. Some plan after the fact. Plans are beneficial, but not always before writing.
“After”? I plan after finishing a story. I write lean getting the main plot down. I’m missing massive details about the world, about the characters, about the setting, etc. I rarely even have a proper timeline. I need to plan things to make sure I’m not leaving a plot hole for the readers. And I typically plan after the first draft is done. It’s part of my editing process.
Midway stops are normally because you’re unsure of how -this thing- would interact with the story. If it’s possible. If there’s an option that works. It’s never a lot, but it stops writing. It would be called writer’s block.
Every Day or Big Chunks?
Some writers do better if they write every single day. They get a few words in between situations. It’s part of their relaxation for a day. Me time if you will.
Some writers do better letting the story settle in the back of their head only for “weekend” crash sessions. Where they throw down all 7k words in one day instead of 1k every day for a week.
If you are a big chunk-er and try to write every day, you’ll hit burn out fast. Writing every day needs to be lower word counts.
There is nothing wrong with being one or the other. It’s important to keep the story active in your mind, but you don’t need to work on it twenty four seven. You don’t need to finish a novel in a week.
It’s not required.
Professional writers need to make sure they get their words in. But even for those of us who deal with that level of writing, we don’t need to set a specific time for our writing. We need to write. We don’t need a schedule.
My schedule is to have the draft be open every day. To write something: blog post, poem, letter, article, etc. Something. I am a Big Chunk, so every day is normally not required. I’ll burn out. When the muse is active, I’ll big chunk every day. But when it’s not, I make sure I work on it weekly. I don’t push it hard.
Some writers need to set a time. To even set a timer.
There is nothing wrong with requiring structure. Not everyone does though. Some will be do better with a set time. Some don’t.
Who are you as a writer?
These are only three key pieces to make a writer write. To figure out are we planners? Or pantsers? Are we big chunkers? Or every day writers? Do we need to set a specific time or just make sure we manage the action?
Every writer is different.
So many of the helpful guidelines will only help a few.
This post is to get you questioning: what do you need to get the most words down?