Tip 7: Develop a Routine for writing

by richard on April 20, 2011

posterized 300x224 Tip 7: Develop a Routine for writing

This post relates to my blog series on the top ten tips to writing a novel. Visit my archives to see the full list, and other relevant postings.

I know a lot of people who would love to write a book. Wanting to do it is one thing, but actually sitting down and writing it is another. There are so many distractions to get in your way – jobs, kids, hobbies, study, family, etc. When you don’t have a deadline, which is most likely the case when you write your first book, it makes it even worse. Everything else becomes a priority. “I’ll get back to the book after I’ve checked out my facebook page, which will be after I’ve looked at my ebay auctions, which will be after I’ve mown the lawn.

Everyone’s habits, and best productive time will be different, but common to everyone is the development of a routine, and some goal setting. Some people get up early every morning and write before the kids get up, and before they head off to work. Others write once the kids are asleep. I’m a morning person, and feel best if I can sit down and get some words down before tackling anything else. I then feel justified in taking a break to do other things, and often then find myself returning to it later in the day.

I think it’s important to be disciplined with your routine. You need to write on a regular basis. Sure there are days when you can’t fit everything in – extra medical appointments etc, but in general you should try to write 5 days a week, and 1000 words a day (or whatever goal you set yourself). The more often you write, the more in tune with your story you will be, and things will just flow better.

Richard Jagger formerly worked in the biotechnology industry, and has completed his first novel “The Cure”. Apart from writing his second novel, he works as a professional photographer. He has had two solo photographic exhibitions and one joint painting exhibition. Further information can be found at www.richardjagger.com

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