How to Form a Writing Routine

16 April, 2018

Finding the time to write can be a challenge. There are many factors in our daily lives that can keep us from putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) – our families, or jobs, and our responsibilities. With so much going on, writing is often the activity that is endlessly relegated to the world of “tomorrow.” One way to avoid this trap is to form a writing routine. Answering these simple questions can help you get started!

When am I the most productive?

Some people are the most creative and alert early in the morning, while others find that inspiration only strikes late at night. Whenever you work best, set aside an amount of time to write each day during that period. Writing for even fifteen minutes per day can be valuable and keep the creative juices flowing. Keep your writing time consistent and you will begin to feel a habit forming!

What distracts me?

Writing whilst distracted can be nearly impossible. It is important that you are able to focus all of your attention on your work, so find out what causes inattentiveness and eliminate these distractions every time you sit down to write. Turn off your cell phone and email notifications while you write so that you won’t be tempted to sneak a peek, and know that this action will become easier over time. Don’t be afraid to tell friends and family that you are writing, either; if you form a writing routine, they will quickly become used to it!

Where do I write most effectively?

Many writers have a specific place where they are able to write their best. Find a comfortable spot where you are able to focus, and head to it every time you decide to work. Pick a specific room, a certain desk, or a favourite chair. Try getting out of your house, as well! Writing outside can be refreshing and inspirational, and some enjoy the background hustle and bustle of a coffee shop or the dead silence of a library. Explore! If you find a sweet spot and then write in it every day, your mind and body will realize that when you’re there, you’re ready to write.

What do I hope to achieve?

Setting attainable goals for each writing session can help you immensely in forming your writing routine. Before you put pen to paper, decide what it is you want to accomplish during that session – perhaps you want to write a certain number of words, or complete a chapter. If you don’t end up making it, don’t worry; you have something to aim for the next day. Having the goal in place, however, will help you settle into your writing routine and know where you are headed and what you can expect to achieve each day.

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