The Importance Of a Writing Routine

I think everyone is aware writing a book takes a lot of time.  Even if you can push out a rough draft in a month it’s a long process to turn it into readable material that you can be proud of. That is why it is so important to me to have a writing routine. Everyone is busy and if you are looking for time to write a book you will never find it.

You have to schedule and create the time. You have to pencil it into your planner and make a commitment to stick with it. Now nobody is perfect and things come up. This often happens to me when I plan to write in the evenings. I’m 100% a morning writer. That’s when I have the most time and the most creativity. But honestly sometimes I get lazy and I tell myself I’m going to write in the afternoon when I get home from work. Usually after work 1001 things come up, I’m tired, I need to workout and I never have time to get back around to my writing. So the #1 lesson, if you plan time to write stick to it as much as possible.

Another great thing about have a writing routine is that you don’t have to worry about being inspired or motivated. Writing becomes a habit and you just do it. For example the first thing I do in the morning is start my coffee and then sit down at the table and open my laptop to write. I do this pretty much on autopilot because I’m barely conscious enough to make any real decisions. If I think too much about how I feel about writing that day i’m more likely to procrastinate. If I’m being honest I don’t always feel like writing but once I get started thats where I find my inspiration.

My challenge to you is to create a routine that makes it easy for you to start writing. Write it down either in your phone or calendar and set a reminder. Treat your writing time like a appointment that you can’t miss and try to stick to it.

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