Every good or great writer seems to have their own method and style of writing. Yet one thing that they always agree on is the importance of having a good writing routine.
I have been writing for eight years now and through all that time up to July this year I have never had a writing routine. This meant that I was able to write children’s books and publish them, yet I was never able to finish some of the longer stories that I have started as I would lose momentum and forget the plot. So this year I started Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I managed to write around 50 or so pages (I can’t remember the exact number). This is the furthest that I have ever made it on writing a big book which will soon turn into a novel.
Writing this way caused me to be burn out, so I took August off only doing a little bit now and then and I picked it up again in September and continued to work on it almost daily. That break really helped me to regain my creativity and this whole process showed me how important a writing routine is. So everyday around 10am I wake up, get a drink and settle down to write 1,500 words. Sometimes the words come easily and sometimes it takes me a while. But this enables the book to get written as well allowing me to stay on top of the writing to a point that I am now near 50,000 words and a third of the novel is now finished.
So from all of this I find having a writing routine really helps and works, yet to allow yourself a day or so off is equally as important. Do you have a writing routine? If so how strict are you with it?