A Writer’s Life: Writing Routine

Whatever works for you.

That’s the only way to write. 

Do you like music or silence? If music: words, or instruments only? In a coffee shop, with people chattering around you? Hunkered down in a closet, ear phones blocking outside noise?

There are as many ways to write as there are writers. What worked for one story may not work for another one. 

Writing regularly is key because it keeps you in the story. You’ll dream about it. Your subconscious will work on story problems. Answers to troublesome plot points will become clear. Something will occur to you at inconvenient times, and you’ll be writing on scraps of paper to capture the idea that struck while you were doing anything else.

When you put a piece aside, you lose the immersion in that story world that keeps you writing until you write The End. It can be a struggle to get back into a story if you’ve been away from it for awhile. 

I know that Life intervenes: jobs, spouses/significant others, children, school. Recreation. The death of a parent. Sometimes there is nothing that can be done except to put a story on the back burner and come back to it when life settles down.

Whatever works for you, you’ll come back to it until you type The End.

I’d love to hear from you about what helps you get there!