Monday, March 9, 2015

My Writing Routine

I've gotten back into the habit of writing every day, so I wanted to jot down what my writing routine is like, with the understanding that it might look completely different in a year or even a month.

The first thing I do is turn on all the lights and open the blinds, if it's still daylight outside. Then I light a candle or some incense, or sometimes both, and make the bed. I find it impossible to be creative if I'm in a messy room.

Then I'll grab a drink, coffee or wine, or sometimes kombucha, and occasionally tea or water. Since it's winter, I turn on the space heater and grab my favorite blanket, and make sure my dog is in the room before I close the door (she loves to snuggle up by the heater).

I'll finally sit down at that point, and check in on all the writerly and readerly blogs I follow. I might read an article or two on the craft, or on publishing, or get sucked into a goodreads/digital library/book review hole.

Then I open scrivener.

I reread my notes for a scene, and maybe the last scene I wrote. I might check my spreadsheet and make sure I remember all the important plot points I need to hit.

Then I write.

And sometimes I hate what comes from my fingertips.

But I keep writing.

And tomorrow it doesn't look so bad.

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