Writing regularly is a good routine to get into for writers and in my opinion you get more work done in shorter but regular writing sessions than in the occasional long, drawn out session.
Having writing as part of your regular routine gets you into the correct frame of mind for the work. Personally I find that without a routine I tend to feel a bit lost and somewhat aimless. This is a great way to be on holiday but not when you want to complete a project.
CREATE YOUR OWN DEADLINES
Regarding projects. I personally don’t like the deadlines for my projects being too far away and if they are, I tend to break them down into mini deadlines and bring them forward. For example, instead of aiming to complete a novel in a years time. I tell myself I will get a chapter done by the end of this month.
Large and unstructured goals often don’t get achieved and you can see why. The idea of delivering 300 pages is very difficult to even think about, but when you break it down into say, a page a day, or even a page each day five days a week – then it becomes much more manageable and easier to plan for.
Getting up a half hour, or an hour earlier in the mornings, in order to write isn’t that difficult. Taking a short lunch break to write isn’t that difficult either. There are lots of ways to rescue some of your ‘lost time’ and schedule it into your writing routine.
CAN THAT SOAP
Watching the omnibus version of your favourite soap can free up extra time in the evenings for writing. Shopping online can save you time by cutting out the time lost travelling and wandering around shops. Look at your routine and see how you can alter and adapt it to fit in some writing. Who can’t write a page a day or spare a half hour a day? I would say very few of us when we’re honest, no matter how busy we are.
BUSY IS NO EXCUSE
Being too busy is one of the biggest excuses people make. I have taught creative writing, both at college level and at evening classes and I have heard this one over and over again. I wonder is it an excuse not to try? If we don’t try we can’t fail? We’re all so terrified of failing. I’m just as afraid of failing as the next person but I don’t let it stop me. At the end of the day you can’t fail by trying.
Still, I wish there was no such word. I would love to replace the word failing with learning. We need to remember its part of the process. If you allow yourself to be too scared of failing, you will be scared of trying. Remember you’ve only got one life. So, don’t give up before you’ve begun – make writing part of your routine.
Best of luck with your writing and don’t forget to download your free creative writing tracker. It’s just over on the right of this page – so you can keep track of your writing progress.