Today marks two years since I became a full time writer. Throw the confetti. Pop the bubbly!
Those first two years were not how I imagined. One of my biggest obstacles was finding a new writing routine. But writing full time is easy, right? You have all this time to write. I thought so too, and that’s where things went wrong.
When I worked full time, I found my perfect groove. I wrote in the mornings before going to work, at lunchtimes, and after my kids went to bed at night. Now this routine sounds intense, but it worked with my schedule and fit the times when I was most creative.
I was on fire the first couple of months I started writing full time, but then something strange happened. I found it harder to write at certain times in the day and so I wrote at night to catchup. As you can imagine, I burnt out and fast! Crazy right?
I needed to create a new writing routine to keep my creativity sparked. Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy because my daughter was at home with me and wasn’t cooperating with my carefully laid out plan. I thrive on planning and routine, but four year olds? Not so much.
By the time I found my groove, the game changed again and we moved house and my daughter started school part time. Add immigration issues to that scenario and my schedule became a moving target I couldn’t pin down.
So what’s a writer to do? I learned to adjust myself instead of trying to slap a schedule unto my life and my family. Does this mean I don’t let my family know when I need alone writing time or schedule my days? Nope. I still carve out those times, but instead of getting frustrated when things don’t work out how I planned, I review my schedule daily and weekly to see where I need to adjust times to complete tasks or write.
Finding time to write is one of the prime reasons writers give for not writing, and why I developed the Jumpstart Your Writing Routine course. This email course is designed to help writers create a writing routine to fit THEIR lifestyle. I think that is one of the keys to writing success. Too many times writers try to replicate another writer’s routine: write 500 words every day, write for two hours every day, and all other wonderful scenarios.
The problem with trying to copy another writer’s routine is their life isn’t yours. Trying their routine might work for a short time, but it’ll be difficult to maintain. The last thing you want is to load yourself with more guilt for not writing.
Are you tired of fitting yourself into someone else’s box? Is another day passing without writing your book? Do you struggle to create a sustainable writing routine? Jumpstart Your Writing Routine can help. Stop letting your days be clouded with feelings of guilt and regret. Sign up for the course and build your writing routine. Find out more.
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