Establishing a Writing Routine: My Best Tips

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Establishing a Writing Routine: My Best Tips

What is your writing routine like?
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Establishing a writing routine can be a challenge for many newer writers.  There’s plenty of advice out there on how to establish a routine, so I decided to compile a list of the strategies that worked for me.

Make Writing a Priority:  If being published is your goal, then you must make writing a priority.  About a decade ago, when I was pondering the idea that became Angel of Mercy, I lamented the fact that I didn’t have time to make-a-go at fiction writing.  Then I was given some advice:  If it’s important to you, you’ll make the time.  For years, I only worked for my freelance writing clients Monday-Thursday, so I could work on fiction all day on Fridays.  Eventually, I began writing during the rest of the week as well.

Treat it Like a Business:  Treating writing like a business gives you the proper mindset and the kick in the butt to stop procrastinating and get working.  I have set hours that I write and very specific locations where I write as well.

Write Down Your Goals:  I commit all my goals to paper, not an electronic file.  I have quarterly goals and a daily to-do list in addition to calendars for social media and blogging/vlogging.

Plan Your Stories:  Many writers prefer to just “wing it.”  However, I have found that planning out my plotlines before I write them makes me more productive, prevents writer’s block and allows me to pick up right where I left off should I ever need to take a break.

Give Yourself a Deadline:  I never give myself a deadline for research or a rough draft.  However, I do give myself a deadline for each subsequent draft and when I feel the manuscript is ready, a publication date.  A deadline helps hold me accountable to the project and, ultimately, reaching my end goals.

Add a Ritual:  For some it might be mood lighting or a certain drink or snack.  For me, it’s music.  I can’t write without it.

Don’t Get Bored:   Writers can suffer a decrease in creativity if they get bored with their manuscripts.  To avoid this, I started working on multiple projects at once.  And guess what?  My productivity increased and so did my motivation.

My Writing Routine

My writing routine has been established for years.  I conduct two set writing sessions.

Day session:  During my day writing session, I first tackle client work.  When that is complete, I move onto historical fiction.  During the day is also when I pen blogs, format manuscripts and tackle social media.  This routine is kept Monday-Friday with weekends and holidays off.

Night writing:  Evenings and nights once were when I did research and wrote rough drafts by hand.  About a year ago, I switched from handwriting drafts to typing them.  Currently, nights are devoted to my contemporary fiction project.

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Melina Druga
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Melina Druga is a multi-genre author with a lifelong love of history, books and the English language. She pens historical fiction, chick lit and nonfiction.
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