Depending on what you're working on, two full hours of uninterrupted work might be beneficial. Long-term planning, life vision, and goal-writing sessions that spiral outward from a primary subject are examples of projects where this might work well. But if you're trying to brainstorm ideas or come up with plot points for your novel, then you'll want to keep writing even after two hours have passed. Even when you return to your document later in the day or week, you should still be able to bring something new to the page.
There's no right or wrong amount of time to spend freewriting, but it's important to set aside enough time so that you don't feel rushed when you start writing. It's also helpful if you can identify some stopping rules that will help you avoid staying up too late and losing momentum.
Some writers like to leave their documents open to add new thoughts or ideas later in the day. This allows the story to grow and evolve over time instead of being fixed at a single draft version. Other writers like to go back and edit their work carefully, adding detail where needed and removing anything that doesn't serve a purpose anymore. Either way works well, just make sure you give yourself enough time to write without feeling pressured.
When I'm working on a novel, I wake up at four a.m. and work for five to six hours. After a ten-kilometer run or a fifteen-hundred-meter swim (or both), I read a little and listen to some music. At nine p.m., I retire to bed. Every day, I follow this pattern without deviation. When I'm not writing, I spend my time reading, exercising, going to the cinema, etc.
Here are some typical days in the life of a writer:
Monday: Start writing as soon as possible. If it's before 10 a.m., great. If not, then go for a walk or do some other activity that will keep you awake until midnight when you can write again.
Tuesday: Repeat Monday.
Wednesday: Same as Tuesday.
Thursday: Repeat Wednesday.
Friday: Finish what you started yesterday. Don't start anything new.
Sunday: Repeat Saturday.
Finally, determining ahead of time how much time you will spend on a certain work or part of a task and sticking to it is a tactic for still completing a decent job in less time. For example, if you have a tendency to overinvest in the research stage, tell yourself that you must stop after one to two hours. Then focus solely on the next phase of the project (design or development), which should only take one to two hours as well.
In conclusion, the best way to get more done in less time is to determine how much time you will spend on a certain work or part of a task and stick to it.
For example, if your weekly aim is to write 3,000 words and you have five chunks of time set aside to write each week, you'd need to write 600 words every day to meet your weekly target. I write for 1-2 hours in the morning before doing anything else. This allows me to concentrate without interruption.
If you want to write a successful book you must be willing to put in the time and effort. It may not be easy at first but as soon as you get into it you will find that writing a book is actually quite fun and exciting. The best time to write a book is when you are ready and able to do so. Don't worry about what others think and just go for it!
However, you must first examine your writing style. If your writing flows and you edit afterwards, you should set aside at least 2 hours every day. The process takes longer if you pause, reflect, and carefully create your work. I write for 3–4 hours at a time and don't plan in terms of words. I propose that you plan according to your thoughts. That is why I say it's best to set yourself a goal and then go as fast as you can.
Of course, this isn't always possible. If you need to get some work done during office hours, that's fine too. Just make sure to block out enough time so you don't end up doing other things instead.
Many professional writers set a target of producing five to ten pages each day during a four or five-day work week. A page is roughly 250 words in Times New Roman 12 point font. Let's say you write 1250 words every week or 5,000 words per month. That's enough for two full length novels! Of course, you can write longer or shorter pieces too.
If you plan to publish your work, then you'll need to write a lot more than that. But even if you're not planning to share your work with others, writing a few thousand words a month will provide plenty of material for articles, reviews, and research papers. In fact, a study conducted by Stanford University found that people who wrote about a difficult topic but worked on it for only fifteen minutes were able to come up with as much new information as those who had spent an hour thinking about the same subject.
Of course, writing five to ten pages a day isn't easy for everyone. If you want to be able to write longer pieces too, then you'll need to allocate more time over a period of several months instead of going for big bursts of effort. However, even small amounts of progress will help you feel better about yourself and your work which will only encourage further improvement.
Finally, remember that you are not required to finish anything you start.