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.