Writing Routines

All writers have a routine they use to boost their creativity, get the juices flowing, or to simply keep them writing consistently. Stephen King writes ten pages per day. James Joyce would write until he had the proper words, even if after a full day he only wrote one sentence. Ernest Hemingway would write 500 words per day, no matter how long it took him. Known to enjoy his drink, Hemingway had said that he never wrote drunk.

I loved Hemingway's routine: wake up, have coffee, and write 500 words. It's what I used to write my first novel. I would sit down in the morning with coffee and write until I hit 500 words. It was difficult some days and easier on others. Nowadays, I find myself writing whatever I can whenever I can. It's been tough, between work and home, it's hard to find a little time to myself where I'm not trying to destress. Writing, unfortunately, can cause a bit of stress when you're working on a project but it's good stress.

Do you have a writing routine that you use to keep yourself on track? What is it? How long have you been doing it and how did you develop it? If you have no writing routine, which one out of the many that other authors have used appeal to you?

Off the Shelf

So, I haven’t written any poetry in a very long time. This morning, I wanted to write something, anything. So I sat down and wrote a poem. It’s a short one, but it’s something to get the ball rolling and keep me engaged with writing.

 

 

It’s been a while

Since I’ve sat down,

I came down from the clouds

Had to be on the ground.

 

I had to grow

And become an adult,

To learn their ways,

But not join the cult.

 

I had to keep my freedom,

Write for myself,

Take my creativity

Down off the shelf.

 

It keeps me going,

It keeps me alive,

So that I may live,

Not simply survive.

Finding Time to Write Is a Pain

My new career has me pulling long days with short nights followed by even longer days. I have little time to write and when I find it, it’s not the number one thing on my list to do. A lot of writers will tell you that being a writer is more about sitting there thinking about writing than actually doing it. We are procrastinators by definition. With things the way they are now, I have a set schedule, but I don’t at the same time. Once I have everything set, it’ll be much easier to find time to write.

I like having a routine. Unfortunately, the routine I have right now doesn’t allow for any deviation that doesn’t take away the small amount of sleep I get. I’m sleeping about five hours per night and working 12 hours per day. It’s not bad, really, but I can’t afford to do much once I get home because I have just enough time to prepare for the next day and once that’s done, it’s time for bed. I’ve been attempting to find time to write at work but that’s proven to be rather difficult. Once I establish a routine, which will happen immediately after my initial training, then I’ll have more time to write and finish a story that doesn’t sound like total and complete shit.

I’ve been thinking over and over about the story I’m currently working on (or occasionally come back to when I’m not working and it doesn’t seem so daunting), but the project, even though it’s a short story, seems daunting. I’m looking at the project as a whole, so it seems overwhelming and I know that. I’m trying to break it down into little chunks, but even that seems to add weight to my shoulders, like the monkey on my back keeps picking up stones each time I go to take another step. It’ll come along, I know it will. I like where the story is headed, I just have to find the time and motivation to sit down and write it.

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Taking Chances FREE on KINDLE!

My novel , Taking Chances, is free on Amazon Kindle starting today 4/29 and will continue to be free through Tuesday. Be sure to grab a copy and tell your friends to pick on up as well. It is 100% free for Kindle users during that time frame! I hope you enjoy and be sure to review it on Amazon!

“Taking Chances” Release!!

My novel, Taking Chances, was released yesterday!!

After three years of writing, rewriting, editing, and proofreading, the book is finally finished and is now available in paperback and for download on Kindle. I am so excited to finally have more of my work out there and to have my first novel debut.

I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I had fun writing it. While I can’t say I loved every minute of it, I definitely enjoyed the journey (in certain regards) of writing a novel and publishing it.

You can find my novel, Taking Chances, here!

I also intend to post here more. I have taken a slight hiatus from writing anything creative, but I will be back at it. I do plan to post here at least 2-3 times per week, hopefully more. Please pick up a copy of my novel and I hope you enjoy.

Happy Writing/Reading!