Weekend Warrior: How To Get The Most Writing Out Of Your Weekend

by Jennifer Blanchard

Woman writing outside a cafe

If you’re a writer who works during the week, then weekends are most likely your best time to get some writing done. But a lot of times you’re so busy the weekends fly by and you don’t have any words on paper to show for it.

By learning how to be a weekend warrior, you can get the most writing possible out of every weekend, and still leave room to relax, enjoy yourself and take care of your household.

There are three steps to becoming a weekend warrior:

Make A Plan

If you’re going to get any writing done over a weekend, begin by having a plan. What do you want to accomplish? How much writing do you want to get done?

Come up with a specific writing goal you want to accomplish over your weekend. It can be something as simple as “write 500 words.” Just pick something that you can measure at the end of the weekend to determine if you met your weekend writing goal or not.

Your plan should also include specific writing times. Don’t tell yourself, “I’ll write on Saturday” or you’ll end up skipping your session all together. Instead, choose a specific day and time to write, such as Sunday at 1:30 p.m. This will help you stick with it.

Stick To It

Once you have a plan, stick to it. Don’t change your scheduled writing session. Don’t make excuses for why you can’t write. Just stick with it.

Sit down and write at your scheduled time for the scheduled length of time. Once you’re finished, you can go on with your weekend.

Having a schedule makes it easier to do everything you want to do with your weekend and get some writing done as well.

Step Away from the House

Writing at home works for some people, but for most, it is a huge distraction. There are chores to do, people to spend time with and shows to watch on TV. Writing at home sometimes takes double the time because of all the distractions.

But when you step away from the house, you’re able to work with fewer distractions, which will help you get more done in less time.

If it’s difficult for you to work from home, get the support of your family to make writing time happen.

Ask them to leave you alone for an hour while you write in the bedroom or have them help with the chores so you can use that time to write. Support is really helpful for weekend warriors.

How do you get the most writing out of your weekends? What tips can you share with other weekend warriors?

Today’s Challenge: Make a plan for completing one writing task over the weekend. Make sure the task is measurable and that you set aside a specific day and time for getting it done.

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is the founder of Procrastinating Writers, a blog that offers guidance for writers who struggle to get started. She is co-founder of the Better Writing Habits challenge.

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  • Eporter70

    First, thanks for the acknowledgement that many writers have to work during the week. Sometimes it seems like that isn’t factored into the equation.

    I think your suggestion of choosing specific times and goals is workable. This way you’re not discouraged by a lack of perceived progress and you can also alleviate any guilt you might feel about neglecting family or chores; if it’s only a couple of hours then life can go on without you for that period of time.

    And now that I’m sitting at the car dealership for one and a half hours with my computer, I think I may have scored bonus time!

  • The Red Angel

    These are some great tips. 🙂 Thanks a lot, this will help a lot this weekend for me! I know what you mean about having to get out of the house in order to concentrate….I like going to the college campus library because it’s quiet and watching other people get so caught up in their work motivates me to stay focused. 🙂

    ~TRA

    http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

    • Anonymous

      I’m a big fan of writing at Starbucks, myself. I know, I know. Totally cliche, but it works for me, so I go with it! haha…

  • Anonymous

    I have to second Eporter’s thanks for acknowledging those of us who work during the week. Finding writing time on the weekend is my perrenial problem! I’ve helped myself a bit this year by using Writers Digest’s writer’s planner & set out my goals for the next few months, then broke that down into weeks & then days. It’s been very effective in keeping me on track. At least relative to how I used to be. I could still improve & I think scheduling my weekend time, the only time when I actually have blocks of time to work w/, would do me well. Thanks again!

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