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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Writing a Book Is a Marathon

I heard this awhile back ago that writing a book is a marathon. It never really connected with me until I finished my final edits of Ruthless Queen. It took me a year to finish my first book Ruthless Queen. Most of that was because I wasn’t really serious about it for awhile. Now that Ruthless Queen is finished I understand what is meant when people say writing a book is a marathon. Writing is not a sprint. I’m not going to be able to sit down at a table and write thousands of words each day, read through it once and then BAM its published. In reality I work a full time job, I am terrible at editing my own work, and self-publishing is not a easy road. Even after I finished writing my book I then had to teach myself how to be successful at self-publishing. I had to learn how to market my book and learn about the genre. If you want to craft a good book that you can be proud to put your name on it, it takes time, it takes work and you have to push through days where you don’t want to work on your novel at all. Take your time and stop comparing yourself to other authors that are publishing a book a month. Some of the most successful authors only put out 1 to 2 books a year. It’s a long journey but it will be completely worth it when you get to the finish line.

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