Writing Schedules and the Struggle for Productivity

Hi all! I've been trying very hard to figure out how to divvy up my writing time lately, especially since I have so much on my plate at the moment. To be honest, it's getting difficult to even squeeze in an extra hour for writing every day, so I seriously have to figure out how to use that time as productively as possible! ;) Now, if I was being perfectly honest with myself, this would probably mean editing Frozen Hearts for an hour straight, but that's not really how my brain works.

Personally, I really, really don't like editing. Or, maybe I should rephrase that statement - editing's okay, and of course it's completely necessary and I'd be nowhere without it, but it's definitely not my favourite thing to do at all. If I had my way, I'd probably just be churning out pages and pages of drafting, slapping a cover on it, and calling it a book! ;)

But unfortunately, I can't do that, and so editing is a necessary stepping stone in the process. However, I've learned that I can't really sit down and edit for an hour straight without going insane and/or getting really distracted by the littlest things, so I have to divide up that time with something I like a little better... writing! :D Right now, that writing generally takes the form of FH's sequel, because I'm really excited about that, but it can also be Paper Wings, any other of my assorted WIPs, or just random drabbles that will never be continued. Either way, I'm creating something new, which is basically my favourite part of the process. ;)

So I've taken to dividing my daily hour of writing into two parts: the editing and the writing. Editing usually takes place first so I can reward myself with writing afterwards (plus, if I write first then I can't really edit because I'm too stuck in that other story!). For me, this is probably the most productive way of going about my writing schedule, since I'm very, very tight on time right now. But I'd love to hear how you guys manage your time when it comes to writing, as well! Any tips and tricks that I can use? What's your favourite method of getting in as much writing/editing time as possible? Let me know in the comments! :)

love, Topaz