Having a routine of writing is a good thing, not many will disagree with that – yes, at times a writer does need to step away for some breathing space or to just take stock (or stare at the skyline for inspiration), and other times writer’s block with upset your flow, your balance and no doubt raise your blood pressure – All that aside, some sort of writing routine is a hugely beneficial.
The actual writing part of the project can slide away from you very quickly. Your head might be full of ideas, a full-blown movie going on in your mind, but somehow putting it together in actual words gets postponed again and again, and the longer you leave it, the harder it gets.
It all becomes very “One day…”
A writing routine will help keep you a little bit on track.
If you’re anything like me, you would have started off your writer’s life by writing when the inspiration grabbed you, going like crazy for days or weeks, then somehow losing the motivation and it all settles back into your mind and you’re left there, not crafting words anymore.
If you haven’t written to a routine before, you will find it’s not as easy as it sounds. Writing on demand triggers rebellion. You’ll stare at the blank screen and hate it. Or you’ll put a couple of words down and say, “There! It’s done!” (Okay, okay, so maybe you won’t, you get my drift.)
If you want to begin a routine, I suggest starting with something simple. Squish in ten minutes somewhere, somehow. Before you go to work, maybe. Is getting up ten minutes earlier really that hard? What about evening time? Ten minutes before dinner, or after dinner, or just before you turn in. What about lunch breaks? Can you do it then?
If you block yourself from finding that time by finding excuses instead, you might want to ask yourself how much you want to be a writer.
Find the time. Make it five minutes if you can’t do ten. Five minutes of writing and you can go through your day knowing that you’ve done some writing. It’s a good feeling, folks. Try it.
As you progress with this, it becomes easier and you will naturally extend it. If you exercise regularly at all, you’ll be familiar with how “striving” soon becomes “second nature”. That’s what you’re looking at developing.
If you want a crash course and be locked into something – try blogging. For anyone who really wants to get into a routine of writing, blogging on a regular basis will certainly do it! 😀