Do you have a writing routine?

Do you have a writing routine?

More importantly, how does that routine differ from your ideal routine?

My current routine is no routine. I churn out 1,000 words a day whenever the urge strikes me. Sometimes it takes ten minutes, other times it takes a few hours. It always varies. I guess, in a way, my routine is also to check WordPress, Twitter etc on a daily basis.

I know a lot of people have the ultimate goal to work full-time as a writer, but I’m not too sure I could do it. I write much better under pressure and if I had all day to write, I think I’d procrastinate for seven hours and then write frantically in the last hour.

What is your writing routine like? Are you writing enough, or would you love to find more time to write?

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81 Responses to Do you have a writing routine?

  1. “I write much better under pressure and if I had all day to write, I think I’d procrastinate for seven hours and then write frantically in the last hour.”

    -Totally agree! 😀

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  2. “I write much better under pressure and if I had all day to write, I think I’d procrastinate for seven hours and then write frantically in the last hour.”

    -Totally agree! 😀

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  3. lynnkanter says:

    I’m enjoying the amazing variety – and creativity! – of these responses. Isn’t it interesting how writing comes to all of us in such different ways, and how we chase it in such different ways? I especially like bkpyett’s model of an ideal writer’s life, although not sure what the “tapestry weaving” part would be for me.

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  4. lynnkanter says:

    I’m enjoying the amazing variety – and creativity! – of these responses. Isn’t it interesting how writing comes to all of us in such different ways, and how we chase it in such different ways? I especially like bkpyett’s model of an ideal writer’s life, although not sure what the “tapestry weaving” part would be for me.

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  5. rlsharpe says:

    I try to write everyday, and Monday-Friday I always write between 12 pm – 2pm at the very least. This hardly satisfy me though, I feel much more satisfied if I write for four hours. On the weekends it’s basically whenever. Ideally, I would like to write six hours a day (not in a row, I need breaks in-between because I get too restless after sitting for a while.) during the week.

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  6. rlsharpe says:

    I try to write everyday, and Monday-Friday I always write between 12 pm – 2pm at the very least. This hardly satisfy me though, I feel much more satisfied if I write for four hours. On the weekends it’s basically whenever. Ideally, I would like to write six hours a day (not in a row, I need breaks in-between because I get too restless after sitting for a while.) during the week.

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  7. ebthompson93 says:

    I write everyday, but other than that, I don’t have a consistent routine. Sometimes I write for hours, sometimes just a few minutes. Sometimes, I write thousands of words until my hands hurt, and sometimes I write only the next sentence. I will say though, I write instead of watching TV.

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  8. ebthompson93 says:

    I write everyday, but other than that, I don’t have a consistent routine. Sometimes I write for hours, sometimes just a few minutes. Sometimes, I write thousands of words until my hands hurt, and sometimes I write only the next sentence. I will say though, I write instead of watching TV.

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  9. Mrs Inger Anna Jones says:

    I write everyday and I have established a few rules. No emails before noon. Turn off internet wile writing. These days I get up at 5am and write until 11. Then I take a break, then back to writing until 6 or 7. I haven’t always been this disciplined, but been working up to it.
    Picasso said that 80% of success is showing up, so this is me showing up.

    Great post, as always:)

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  10. Mrs Inger Anna Jones says:

    I write everyday and I have established a few rules. No emails before noon. Turn off internet wile writing. These days I get up at 5am and write until 11. Then I take a break, then back to writing until 6 or 7. I haven’t always been this disciplined, but been working up to it.
    Picasso said that 80% of success is showing up, so this is me showing up.

    Great post, as always:)

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  11. curvyroads says:

    Haha, writing full time is my goal within the next two years, but your summary is me, at least right now! 🙂

    “I know a lot of people have the ultimate goal to work full-time as a writer, but I’m not too sure I could do it. I write much better under pressure and if I had all day to write, I think I’d procrastinate for seven hours and then write frantically in the last hour.”

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  12. curvyroads says:

    Haha, writing full time is my goal within the next two years, but your summary is me, at least right now! 🙂

    “I know a lot of people have the ultimate goal to work full-time as a writer, but I’m not too sure I could do it. I write much better under pressure and if I had all day to write, I think I’d procrastinate for seven hours and then write frantically in the last hour.”

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  13. I laughed out loud when you described your method of routine for writing. That’s pretty much me in a nutshell. Wish I could say if I had writing as a full time job I would be more disciplined …but I tend not to believe my own lies….:)

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  14. I laughed out loud when you described your method of routine for writing. That’s pretty much me in a nutshell. Wish I could say if I had writing as a full time job I would be more disciplined …but I tend not to believe my own lies….:)

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  15. Mark says:

    100 words per minute, that’s impressive. It’d be great to keep that going for a few days, eh.

    Up until now I’ve been trying to squeeze writing in when time allowed. Henceforth, however, I’m dedicating a time-slot for writing, trying to make it more of a professional thing.

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  16. Mark says:

    100 words per minute, that’s impressive. It’d be great to keep that going for a few days, eh.

    Up until now I’ve been trying to squeeze writing in when time allowed. Henceforth, however, I’m dedicating a time-slot for writing, trying to make it more of a professional thing.

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  17. embrystical says:

    I usually spend about an hour writing in the morning before school. Sometimes I get a little bit more done waiting for choir or band practise to start, and my research and the most writing is done at the weekends and after school on Fridays since I finish school early. Rehearsals give me time to write, too.

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  18. embrystical says:

    I usually spend about an hour writing in the morning before school. Sometimes I get a little bit more done waiting for choir or band practise to start, and my research and the most writing is done at the weekends and after school on Fridays since I finish school early. Rehearsals give me time to write, too.

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  19. I wish I did have a better routine. Basically I write when I can find time, which isn’t every day. At the moment I’m only managing a few hundred words at a time, and not every day. Mind you, that’s much better than nothing I know.

    Your comment about full-time writing is interesting. Like many on here I’m sure, I’d love to write full time, and I often imagine how much I’d get done if it weren’t for the pesky day job. But would I?

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  20. I wish I did have a better routine. Basically I write when I can find time, which isn’t every day. At the moment I’m only managing a few hundred words at a time, and not every day. Mind you, that’s much better than nothing I know.

    Your comment about full-time writing is interesting. Like many on here I’m sure, I’d love to write full time, and I often imagine how much I’d get done if it weren’t for the pesky day job. But would I?

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  21. amcoverston says:

    I generally have a schedule to write and/or edit, but also get the random bug bite of inspiration seemingly out of the blue where I need to at the very least jot ideas down. On such occasions I tend to say ‘the hell with social engagements’ and will go full-writing-hermit for a spell. I’d love to write for a living mostly because of having the freedom to write whenever I feel without too much outside interference, but I think i do just fine working around my day job and life’s demands.

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  22. amcoverston says:

    I generally have a schedule to write and/or edit, but also get the random bug bite of inspiration seemingly out of the blue where I need to at the very least jot ideas down. On such occasions I tend to say ‘the hell with social engagements’ and will go full-writing-hermit for a spell. I’d love to write for a living mostly because of having the freedom to write whenever I feel without too much outside interference, but I think i do just fine working around my day job and life’s demands.

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  23. I am NOT writing enough. I feel like I need to be one of those people who forces themselves to write every day for 30 minutes or something…

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  24. I am NOT writing enough. I feel like I need to be one of those people who forces themselves to write every day for 30 minutes or something…

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  25. warrdaja says:

    For me writing is not something always done on the fly. We’d all like to be able to write that perfect script but the problem is that if we get too caught up in the content of the story then how we express that can be flawed. A poorly written story will often not see publication, or even be appreciated. So the question for me is a good one but we cant take away from the time it is necessary to edit our work. For me at times writing is like being a sculptor. We see the art in the stonework but we got to chisel at it to get it just right. For us our vocabulary is the chisel and our written content is our stonework. This can be the hard part of the story creation process. Where it would be nice to actually be a full time writer the editing and re-editing is where the art and crafting really begins.

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  26. warrdaja says:

    For me writing is not something always done on the fly. We’d all like to be able to write that perfect script but the problem is that if we get too caught up in the content of the story then how we express that can be flawed. A poorly written story will often not see publication, or even be appreciated. So the question for me is a good one but we cant take away from the time it is necessary to edit our work. For me at times writing is like being a sculptor. We see the art in the stonework but we got to chisel at it to get it just right. For us our vocabulary is the chisel and our written content is our stonework. This can be the hard part of the story creation process. Where it would be nice to actually be a full time writer the editing and re-editing is where the art and crafting really begins.

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  27. Every few weeks I jot down a ton of blog posts I’m interested in and sort of get to them when I get to them. I may make up a few along the way to keep my ideas fresh.
    As far as actually writing the posts, I write them within 2 hours of posting them. I play with paragraphs, pictures, etc until I like the look and then I finally post it.
    I also check twitter and Facebook daily.

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  28. Every few weeks I jot down a ton of blog posts I’m interested in and sort of get to them when I get to them. I may make up a few along the way to keep my ideas fresh.
    As far as actually writing the posts, I write them within 2 hours of posting them. I play with paragraphs, pictures, etc until I like the look and then I finally post it.
    I also check twitter and Facebook daily.

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  29. M T McGuire says:

    I’d love it if my life was routine enough to fit any sort routine in. I just write wherever I can in the gaps.

    Cheers

    MTM

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  30. my routine is work six days a week. But my writing routine is write a little every day except two days a week when I spend time with my sister (though we usually discuss writing). I don’t have a set word count or anything. I’m just happy if I write a little.

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