While there are many writers who don’t have a writing routine, I find that I don’t get any writing done, unless I am disciplined about the writing process. Sitting down every day, particularly with a routine firmly established, has helped me to make writing regularly a habit. Here are 5 things that I have found essential to my writing routine:
#1. Eliminate distractions:
This seems obvious, and yet distractions can come in many forms, and can be different from day to day. Social media is an obvious one, but for some people, having a cluttered desk can be a distraction as well. Noticing the elements that take your attention away from your work is essential to doing your best work. Get rid of the distractions as soon as possible, and your writing process will be smoother.
#2. Make sure you have what you need:
Having the correct tools at hand when I sit down to write, is essential for keeping me on task. Whether that’s a cup of tea, or a notebook and pen, if I’m writing by hand, or my extensive notes, so that I don’t make continuity errors in my Elden Forest series, having what I need right in front of me is essential. It only takes me a few moments before I begin, but those few minutes allow me to do my best work, distraction free.
#3. Set goals:
These can be daily, weekly, monthly or yearly goals, or they can be very specific goals based on word count, or hours spent writing. Goals are incredibly individual, but I find them incredibly helpful to keep me on track in working towards something. Knowing that I have a deadline, self-imposed or not, forces me to do the work.
What elements are essential to your writing routine? Tell me in the comments below!
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