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?