Hemingway enjoyed writing in the early hours of the morning.
Haruki Murakami enjoys writing followed by a run.
To work in, Maya Angelou kept a hotel room.
I’ve found that the most committed authors I know all have a regular writing schedule.
The writing processes of various writers fascinate me so much!
When I first began writing, I researched the writing processes of well-known authors and tried as many of them as I could, but now I have my own rhythm that I work to.
I wanted to offer you a sense of how my writing schedule now looks, despite the fact that it might vary greatly given my life as a mom and chronic illness fighter.
A series of acts that are consistently performed; a set procedure; is referred to as a routine.
A writing routine is, in my opinion, the series of actions I perform before starting to write, what I do while I’m writing, and how I finish up my practise.
A writer who waits for optimal circumstances to work will pass away without penning a single word, according to E.B. White.
I enjoy having a writing regimen because of this.
It produces the “perfect circumstances” that might not otherwise exist.
Every time I sit down to write, I go through the same motions to remind my brain, “Hey, it’s time to get serious, we’ve got to be creative now.”
Therefore, even on bad days or when I’m having a lot of trouble with anything, my routine helps me stay focused on my current project.
Here is how my daily schedule looks:
Quick 5-minute clean-up of my area.
Simply said, doing this allows me to focus on my work by clearing my head and my workspace.
Turn on a candle.
My sign is Aries.
I enjoy the fragrance of candles and fire.
I don’t always go above and beyond and have a different smell for each assignment.
Although I’m aware that most writers sip coffee, I’ve had to switch to tea.
Matcha lattes, Earl Grey, and herbal teas are my favourites.
Depending on how I’m feeling and how the draught is feeling, I might listen to Doom Jazz, Chillhop, or Japanese City Pop.
Basically, it’s music without lyrics with a light beat.
Open the file, note the current word count, and decide on a session goal.
I try to keep my mini-goals to 250 words or, if I know I’m getting close to the conclusion of the chapter, finishing it.
To keep track of the daily writing I do in my planner, I utilise an unique tracker I made in Canva.
Define a sprint.
A sprint is necessary whether I’m conducting pomodoros during a coworking zoom session or I’ve signed into Discord to work on sprints with other writer buddies.
I take it slow like this.
In this article, I cover sprinting in more detail.
Get to it!
Every 25 to 30 minutes, I need to get up and move about because of my chronic disease.
I add up the number of words I wrote during the session, update my main tracking spreadsheet, and write down any plot points I need to remember for the following writing session.
Although I don’t always follow every step I outline here, I find that on most days I complete the majority of them out of habit.
Routines don’t need to be time-consuming.
Opening your manuscript and reviewing the previous page before proceeding with your new words could be one of them.
Alternately, you might make it as elaborate as you wish, just keep in mind that writing words is the main objective!
What does your daily schedule entail?