Saturday, January 13, 2018
My Writing Routine
If I'm going to be a successful writer, and I define success very liberally, I need to devote some time to it daily. I typically use my Friday days off to spend 3-5 good hours writing up drafts of a variety of potential blog posts that later I go back and update with more timely information, details, or researched facts. Sunday mornings I spend a couple hours usually before anyone else is up in my house, banging the keys of my computer. I always have a couple notebooks with me to jot down ideas, small, big, boring, and maybe interesting to later try and write a piece. Sometimes my blog posts are just a journal entry of what is going on in my life. Talk about uninteresting!
Most mornings I get up and either write a fresh post, or update one of the drafts, finalize, and hit the publish button. Sometimes I have several in the cue and have scheduled the publishing. Some days, there is nothing in my head, in my notebook, or drafted in a cue. Those are days I might get caught up reading blogs I might have missed. People can probably tell the days that either I have nothing to write myself, or is my work day off because I will comment a blue streak. Even when I do not comment, I read a pretty large core of blogs regularly. This is part of my writing routine. I hope it doesn't come across as stealing an idea, but so often one of my blogger friends, or a blogger I read, but doesn't do any interaction with me, raise a subject that sparks ideas of my own. I try to remember to link back to the source of the original idea-give credit where credit is due. Bloggers are a community, right.
This year I have big writing goals-namely to finish the elusive book. I actually have a couple started, but one is so near completion, I should be able to taste it, but for some odd reason, I am not finishing the bite. I've decided to devote Friday and Saturday nights to this endeavor. Even if we go out for the evening, it is rare that we are out past 10:00. I also have a hard time going to bed when I get home, so have a bad habit of watching something into all hours of the night. I could be using that wide awake time to invest in completing the book. Show choir chaperoning weekends aside, this should give me a good 4-8 devoted hours a week, potentially having the first draft ready for editing by mid June.
That's my plan. I welcome encouragement in the form of poking and prodding along the way. If you can't tell, this is a post written several days ago, dusted off and scheduled for publishing today.