Kentuckian and former teacher journeying to the Valley of the Sun in pursuit of my lifelong dream--to write and publish a novel.

Creating a Writing Routine

Creating a Writing Routine

I’m a fan of pro/con lists, so when deciding on something as important as my future career, I certainly sat down and composed one. I was an undergraduate considering becoming a teacher—a decision that shocked everyone, especially me. The idea had grown on me, though, and my “pro” side was full. My con side was skimpy: the pay, misbehaving students, and adhering to a schedule.

It’s laughable, now, that I shirked the idea of keeping a schedule. After ten years of full-time teaching, I have learned that I need routine in order to be productive. I wish I was a self-motivated individual, an early riser, or someone who has flexible hours and expectations and still accomplishes their goals. When I wasn’t busy with graduate school or professional development, my summers off deteriorated into full days of sleeping interrupted only by forays onto social media and YouTube.

So, in short, I need routine. It’s almost embarrassing how much I crave structure.

My husband was adamant that he would take on most of our household’s financial responsibilities so that I could devote myself to writing and blogging. And, in my defense, I have written a great deal. Only some of it has happened at 2 AM. Some of it has happened after a week long dry spell with zero productivity. Some of it has not been my best work. 

So, I’ve decided to recreate the structure that once existed in my full-time career. My current situation is unique. I work part-time, and twice a week—on Tuesday and Wednesday—I only work a half-day. With this in mind, my new weekly writing schedule is as follows:

Monday—edit writing, compose blogs

Tuesday—write the entire day (no editing)

Wednesday—write the entire day (no editing)

Thursday—writing/editing

Friday—day off from writing, read instead

I’ll keep you posted on whether or not this makes me the prolific writer I have always dreamed of being. Fellow writers, do you adhere to a schedule? Does it help you meet your writing goals?

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