Developing a Writing Routine (We’ve got a free teaching and helpful resource for you!)
Are you struggling to create a writing routine that works for you? It’s a common struggle for writers. When we are intentional, we can leverage a routine for our benefit. Without a routine, we’re also more likely to procrastinate, so we have some free resources to help you keep your writing moving!Check out the bottom of this post for more information!
In 2015, my dreams to be a writer had been on the back burner for way too long. But I was working outside the home and juggling all the responsibilities as a wife and mom of three. However, I didn’t want to wait any longer to pursue my dreams. I learned that John Grisham wrote his first books on his commutes when he was an attorney working 70 hours per week. I was working half that many hours. Surely, I could carve out time to write too!
A writing routine isn’t only about writing. You also need time to pray, think, read, research, and polish your craft. In your weekly writing routine, you may need to designate two or three days for writing and the rest for the other tasks, like catching up on Compel Training teachings.
- When do you feel most alert and energetic? I’m a morning person, so mornings are best for alpha tasks like writing and creating social media posts. Evenings are better for cooking, cleaning, and family time. Construct your writing routine so your alpha energy is devoted to writing, and your beta energy is reserved for less brain-intensive activity.
- What schedule is best for my family? It’s important to make your family a higher priority than writing. That’s why I wrote while my children were sleeping or being cared for by grandparents. I also finished writing before my husband came home from work. You can write while your children are napping or in school. Write while your husband spends time with friends. By doing this, you will be fully present with them while accomplishing writing goals.
- What accountability system works for me? Whether you use a paper or digital planner, scheduling writing appointments is a must. Make them as essential as medical appointments. Reward yourself for reaching your goals. In time, you’ll see many fruits from your writing routine.
- Replace lies you believe about yourself as a writer with truth from God’s Word so you can move forward in your calling with more confidence and motivation.
- Pinpoint areas of resistance holding you back and make progress today with tangible steps to reinvigorate your writing rhythm.
- Understand how to remodel your habits, schedule and routines so you can push past the “writing slump” today.
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