A writer's to-do list? Yes or no?

Aside from an average to-do list for house chores and other non-writing related things, does anyone here keep a writer’s to do list with them, whether they are home or outside of their home?

Like a to-do list of what needs to get done writing wise on a daily basis or weekly.

Are you committed to the list or not really?
Are you not into making to-do list of any kind and just like to wing-it/be spontaneous?

Thoughts and Feelings?
Let’s chat about our writerly to-do list, if we have any.



My Turn:

Honestly, to-do list in general bother me and I don’t really like doing them, but I am willing/trying to change that since days are getting easier mental health wise.

Normally, when I make a to-do list for writing or something else, I get annoyed and want to do something else or simply can’t be bothered.

I don’t like be tied down by myself or someone else.
I need to have freedom even in things that bring me joy.

Yet I do want some structure in my life where I am able to stick to a goal and really focus on things that I need to do and things that matter.

So, in other words, I am going to make more writerly to-do list and daily to-do list general.

Anybody else?

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It really depends on the area of work.

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Outside of home?

Please explain?



Where I’m at in a given stoey amd im home life
Both will be factors. Sometiems I have to plan more than I want to and other toems, its all by the skin of my teeth.


So, sometimes you do make list and other times there’s no need because you just either wing it or know what is needed to get done with writing?

Is that it?

Yeah. Sometimes the subject requires I do some notes. I don’t know everything, although I know a ton.

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Also, did you make a little list today or you don’t need to for at least today, maybe tomorrow?

i don’t have a time-limited one but i have a project list. i feel slightly more organized and very slightly more motivated, but i mostly like getting to move projects “up” the list when i finish a draft.


Not right this second. This is down time before I go insane.

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Ah, I see what you mean.

It is mainly for projects that you will work on and will get to eventually, huh?

Anything else will come during the final stages of your project, correct?

Hmm…you have nothing for yourself writing wise in terms of today’s agenda/list, right?

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Don’t go insane.

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pretty much, it’s a project masterlist.

idk what you mean by this.

well nothing physical, i usually have things that i want to get done each day but i keep that in my head.

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When you make serious with your to-do list, is it when you are in the final stages of whatever project you are working on at the moment?

That is what I mean. I am sorry that I wasn’t clear enough.

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ah, i see. no, it stays the same.

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Oh, alright, I understand now.

Thanks for explaining. :slightly_smiling_face:

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I don’t have a to do list, I just do what I can when I can… If at all.


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I write as a hobby (right now I do anyway), so adding a rigid writing schedule with allotted times and material I need to cover would probably kill the fun of it for me. I usually have the entire story written out in my head, so I just pick up where I left off whenever I have free time and continue the narrative thread until I reach the end. Never really have used a to-do list, and I don’t think it would appeal to me.

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Kind of this, but more like,
I get overwhelmed when I see a list of all the things I have to do,
and if I do make a to-do list, I forget to look at it.

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