I was reading today about the benefits of having a writing routine. A friend of mine recently made herself a timetable so that she could see where her time each day was going.
I had considered myself quite lucky…..I don’t work (yes, ok, I cook, I tidy, I do laundry, but you know what I mean) so I have plenty of time available to write….. But…..Ian Rankin said Friday night, that when he was unemployed (and his wife was supporting him) he had all day every day to write. But, actually, didn’t write that much lol. He found that he wrote more when he was working and his free time was more limited. I know exactly what he means. You find every excuse under the sun, not to write, as there’s always something else you think you should be doing 😦
So, perhaps the answer is having good routines in place?
Judy Reeves says:
1) Make writing part of your daily routine, a commitment to write every day for a set period of time (however brief that period is).
2) Make an appointment to write, just like you would for the dentist or Dr….and stick to it.
3) Set your daily writing time at a time that suits you (a time that’s practical for you, taking into consideration chores, school runs and dinner times etc).
4) Vary your set time to catch yourself in different moods.
I think, for me, the best way to do this would be to allocate a time every day and add it to my iPhone diary on a weekly basis. I could then set myself reminders so that each day I get a message to tell me to write lol. I could change the time weekly to vary it.
Today’s prompt is you’re in a tent and all I can think of is Tracey Emin lol 😉
I think you are right, it easy if you are out all day because you are already in a routine and the writing just fits neatly around it. It is hard though. The less time you appear to have the more you probably get done. Having set times and varying them sounds like a brilliant idea – maybe set a timer on your phone, that’ll give you added pressure! 🙂
Hope you are having a good Sunday.
Thanks Sandra 🙂
Yeah, I was thinking that I could set a timer lol