Creating a Writing Routine

Whether you are a novice or a long time writer, some sort of writing rountine is necessary. Why, you might ask? Because any kind of routine helps you be more effective and productive in your work.

For me a daily routine is imperative. I’d get nothing done if I didn’t. When building a writing schedule there are some things you have to take into account.

1. Build your routine to meet your needs. I wake early, about 2-4 hours before the kids wake to write. This is only Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. It’s not everyday, but it meets my needs, probably not yours.

2. Set goals for what you want to accomplish that day. At the end of the day I mark off what I accomplished and write down what I want to accomplish the next day. This way, when I start my day all I have to do is look at my schedule and know where to start. This saves me time and useless staring at the computer screen.

3. Set the time that best suits you or your working schedule. Before I got married or had kids the best time for me to write was from 9PM to midnight. After kids it was random until I learned my kids schedule. Then there is my husband’s swing shift schedule during the winter and spring months. Then when the kids start school next year I’ll have to revise again.

4. Set limits to your writing time so that you don’t over do it and burn out. It can easily happen to the best of us.

If you have a writing routine, would you like to share? Would you like to add anything? Do you have any questions? Please share with us so we all may learn. Thank you.

4 Comments

  1. tomd73 says:

    Stephannie –

    Good insights – I’m always struck by how each writer has to set such different writing routines, dependent on everything from changing circumstances to one’s attitude and temperament.

    For me, as a teacher, I tend to compose a lot more in the summertime, and then when the school year begins, the things I tend to write are on the short side (e.g., poetry, the occasional work of fiction). I must admit that that sort of split makes it hard to find a rhythm, but your post gives me some good food for thought.

    Best wishes with your writing.

    1. Schedules play a big part in a writing routine and a change in the rhythm can make for a bump transition. I usually plan mine schedule ahead of time to help with the transition, though that doesn’t always make it easier. I usually find my rhythm again once its time to change everything. I’m glad the post could be of help.

  2. I tend to lean towards all or nothing. I go into a cocoon, basically, and just work on whatever my project is – sometimes I won’t even log on the the internet or answer the phone or spend time with people unless I’m forced to. This is why my postings and emails get sporadic sometimes because I live and breathe whatever I’m working on at the time. But, after about three weeks of living like that I have to take a day or two off-ish, especially considering it can be almost impossible to sleep when I’m “inspired”.

    I’ve been trying to get more “balanced” in the last year or so, as some people (especially the husband) don’t appreciate it and feel like they aren’t important. Plus, it’s not good for me, I suppose. But, because I still have a terrible time forcing my brain to let go of one project and move to the next in the middle of it, I’ve found I’m only about half as productive, which is driving me nuts. However, I keep trying to remind myself about having the “right priorities”. *sigh*

    1. If it is a routine that works for you, then you shouldn’t change it. It does remind me of Jenna Glatzer. She mentions having the same writing style in Outwitting Writer’s Block and othe Problems of Pen.

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