I’ve been having a hard time lately managing my time and I’m the only one to blame here.
Part of being a full-time writer is good time management (I can already hear Sarah cackling madly in the background at me and the mutterings of other MGC contributors about using the words “good”, “time”, and “management” in a cohesive sentence together). Making certain that your schedule is set, that appointments and house moves are all lined up and scheduled so you know when the interruptions to your writing will occur. And while you can’t predict everything that is going to interrupt your writing schedule (I’m looking at both of you, World of Tanks and my lack of self-control), having a set schedule can alleviate a lot of issues.
I remember Larry Correia telling me at a Libertycon once that before he started writing full time, he set aside every evening after he got home from work to write. While a lot of people shake their heads at the insanity of that (I can’t do that, but my work schedule is weird) it worked for Larry. Granted, it often led to something like 20 hour days, but he was determined to write, and he made damn sure he stuck to his schedule. The end result is multiple NYT bestselling books and a fortress in his own country (well, almost).
Now, I’m not saying that “write when I’m free” writers don’t succeed as well. That’s 1) stupid, and 2) stupider. Everyone’s writing is different, even the time they use when they write. Some are night owls who work better under the pungent smell of the burning midnight oil, while others are total jackasses who love the mornings and the glare of the almighty Day Star (Me… I’m talking about me here). I know of a few people who write during the day while at work (tried it; it’s rough but doable if you don’t get interrupted).
The best part of being a writer, though, is that there is no “right” or “wrong” time for writing. Eric Flint once mentioned that if you only managed to write a piddly 1,000 words a day, everyday, in 3 months you’d have a novel. Yeah, chew on that for a moment. 1,000 words. You’ve probably written Facebook posts longer than that ranting about one thing or another. Hell, you’ve probably gotten into political arguments on any social media site that stretched out to be longer than 2,000 words (or is that just me?).
The point is, if you write out a schedule, stick to it. If not, stick to that. As long as your method makes you productive and able to write your books, stick with it. The very model of consistent writer starts with that one word — consistent.