My Writing Routine!

I made a blog post about my writing routine sometime in 2017, but it has changed a lot in the last month so I decided to make a revamped version so you guys can see what my process of writing looks like! I hope you enjoy and make sure to comment what your writing routine looks like.

6:00pm

Lately I have been writing at this coffee shop like three minutes from my house. It’s big, quiet and has lots of cute writing nooks. Since I go there to write multiple times a week, I usually just order a green tea so I don’t run out of money by next week. Once I have my tea, I open Spotify on my phone and listen to Spotify’s “Productive Morning” playlist because it is a massive playlist of calm music. I cannot write easily to music with lyrics, which is why I like this playlist so much, so if you are in search of a playlist like that then check it out!

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6:15pm

By now I have my music playing, my tea, and my Word document open on my computer so I dive into writing. I try not to write with any particular goal in mind, because I have realized that it is a lot harder for me to write with the pressure of reaching a goal of say 1000 words. Despite that, it is unusual for me to leave the coffee shop with at least 1000 words done.

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7:00-7:15pm

This is the time I usually finish writing for the night unless I am so distracted by my writing that I end up staying an extra thirty minutes or so. Sometimes this happens but I am usually too tired to stay any longer. As long as I get 1000 words down, I feel accomplished though!

That is all for my writing routine and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 5 Resources for Writers!

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My Writing Routine!

Since Camp NaNoWriMo started, I have realized that I have a pretty solid writing routine. I only realized this a day or two ago when I tried to write in the morning, which is the time of day I don’t usually write, and it was so hard! Anyways, this is my writing routine and I hope you enjoy.

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~7:00pm~

I usually begin writing around seven in the evening, give or take. I just like writing later on in the day once things have settled and the sun has begun going down. I throw my phone across the room onto my bed, with it on Do Not Disturb, and then I warm up by re reading the last paragraph or few sentences I wrote the previous day so I know where I am going with the story, and this is something I recommend everyone do! With Camp NaNoWriMo happening, I have been doing their writing sprints on their twitter sprint page: @NaNoWordSprints, and there, they hold writing sprints that last anywhere from 10-30 minutes. When Camp NaNoWriMo is not happening though, I usually write for 30 minutes, take a break, and then keep writing.

~7:30pm~

This is usually when I take my first break, and during this time I go to the bathroom, and grab a drink or snack. Sometimes I write with tea, but it isn’t something I NEED in order to write, but sometimes during my break I will get some green tea (one of my favourite teas!). My break generally last 5-10 minutes, but is very important because you need to give your mind a break after a bit!

~7:40pm~

By this time I am back at my computer and ready to write! I keep writing and depending on how tired I am, or what time I have to be up in the morning, I will stop and hour or two later. If I am really into a scene though, I will write for HOURS without realizing and forget to take break, but in those instances its okay! I know its good to take breaks, but like I said, I get carried away easily with writing so I usually only take that first break.

~8:30-9:30pm~

I usually finish writing anywhere around this time and finish with somewhere between 1,000-3,000 words, all depending on the scene I am writing and how I am feeling energy wise. But yeah! I will close my laptop and that is my writing for the day.

That is all for my writing routine and I hope you enjoyed! Comment below any rituals or routines that you have when you write, because I would love to know 🙂