Writing Routines…

So I’ve been thinking a lot about writing routines and how I can implement them in my own life.

I’m busy… I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that a time or two thousand times. But I also could do better with time management. Discipline is always something that I strive for, but tend to burn myself out on trying to be too strict. However, I’ve discovered that I need more time to write than what I have right now and the only way to find that time is to make the time.

I recently enrolled in Jessica Brody’s time management course for writers and I think the most significant thing I got out of it (besides a nifty word count tracker spreadsheet that ignites my competitive spirit) is the fact that I need to establish a writing routine.

For me, it’s not something I should do, but rather must do. If I’m going to be an actual legit writer who writes at least a book a year—while maintaining a full-time job, family, and social life—than I must establish a writing routine or I’ll fall flat on my face.

Jessica is big on the writing routine, even if it’s for short periods of time, which is good because it’s all I can give at the present. I’m thinking if I could just get in one dedicated hour in the morning before all the hassle of my day begins (and before I check work email or social media), then I can still write at night like I currently do, but it will be bonus words versus my only words.

So here’s what I’m thinking…

weekly writing routine

I won’t get in to all the tips Jessica gives (because you can just sign up for her class and get them all yourself… It’s super cheap!) but I really loved getting an insight into a successful author’s routine. I’m also interested to find out other writer’s routines. I’m going to be asking around, so I’ll post a follow up to this blog with some helpful tips! I’d also love to hear from you in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Writing Routines…

  1. aliciahaynes says:

    Ah man! That is hard for me to do too. I feel like I don’t have much time to spare, but I try to write a little bit each day. It would be nice to make it at the same time every day, but my schedule is not always the same each week.

    I hope you are able to get a good routine and learn a lot from the course!

    • Destiny Cole says:

      You and me both! But we can ALWAYS find time somewhere, it just takes some sacrifice… and for me that’s probably sacrificing sleep, which is NOT something I want to do!

      • aliciahaynes says:

        Ah! Me either! I’ve been getting up a little earlier every day so I can have some time to myself before the day really starts. That certainly helps 😊 but I miss my bed!!!!

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