So, I’m trying to stick to a routine in order to be more productive as a writer. This is the first week it is working. It took me a while to find just the right way to get into my daily writing. But, I think I have uncovered the magic recipe.
Starting the day with an hour walk is a luxury I do not have during the school year. I hate getting out of bed. But getting out into the world in anyway must be part of my morning routine. Somehow I have to engage in life outside in order to wake up and get my juices flowing.
Meditation is something I am trying to start practicing. I’m taking a class once a week. Just working on breathing for 5-6 minutes provides clarity. I sit down at the table with energy and excitement.
Reading something from a writer is helpful. It makes me feel like I am not alone in this journey. There are a few books about writing I keep handy so I can glean a little wisdom. I see it like a pep talk or a coach sending me off into my words.
The ten minute quick write. This has been the most powerful way to get me into the writing mode. I even have a journal I use for this sole purpose. It is a great, quick and dirty way to set an expectation for the writing flow that keeps on going.
Sometimes after writing, I will also follow up with a reflection about what I learned through the writing that time. I can also ask questions to further a string of thought or theme that may be in the works.
It has taken me about a week to get into this routine. Now, I want to protect it with my life. There are going to be busy times this summer that will creep into my days: fourth of July, visitors, concerts, needs of my children. However, I must keep this time and space sacred. Because I am starting to see results. There are characters growing. There is a plot forming. I feel an energy stirring. And I’m so ready!