From Imagination To Publication

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Writing World: Routine Writing

I've never been a routine writer. In the past I've always been fortunate enough that moments of inspiration were all I needed to make progress on a novel. I would wait for the "Aha!" idea to come, and when it did, I would matter where I was or what I was doing. 

Since baby-mania has taken over my brain (which apparently happens when you're 8 months pregnant) those moments which would have been spent building scenes and listening to characters banter in my head are now filled with all things baby. Sadly, it seems sort of out of my control. I can't fight the nesting, the obsessive planning, the reading and researching every minor detail about anything baby related. Just like I have some instinctual urge to eat cereal for every meal (...bone building juice for baby I guess) the mind works the same way.

Being the perfectionist that I am, it doesn't help me in my need to get everything tied up and ready for baby when I've got a third book to write. It's always in the back of my mind..."you need to write, author!" my mind scolds me in mockery. "I know. I know!" I tell it. So for the first time since...well, ever...I'm going to attempt this routine writing thing. Every morning from 7:30 to 9:30 I'm going to WRITE! I'll let you know how it works out.

Does this work for anyone else? What's your writing routine? Do you have one?


  1. I write best when I tell myself I don't have time--especially late at night. Go figure! LOL

    Sooo excited for you to have this baby! :)

    1. I'm a big believer of letting the words flow whenever they come to you...I'd take late at night at this point. Maybe I should try that, lol. I might have to when baby is here!

  2. I was like you until the hub and I purchased a trophy company this summer. Now I have to write during my scheduled time or I don't get writing done. It is a struggle sometimes, but I am beginning to get used to it. On the days when my brain doesn't want to cooperate, I do research or edit. Either way, writing is being done. How excited are you that your wait for precious baby is almost over!!!?!!!

    1. Good advice. At least your getting something done each time :) I like it! I know...SO excited to meet my little boy!

  3. A scheduled time to write can help get you moving forward, but don't forget to enjoy this special time, it goes by so fast. And congratulations! A baby on the way is such wonderful news. (:

  4. Family is always important so I can certainly understand that.

    Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner recently blogged about the 90 minute interval technique. If this current step your're taking doesn't appeal, you can give the 90 minute option a try.

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