Developing a Writing Routine (We’ve got a free teaching and helpful resource for you!)

Developing a Writing Routine (We’ve got a free teaching and helpful resource for you!)
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!
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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!

The best time for me was early in the morning, before anyone else was up. I set my alarm for 4:00 a.m. and wrote for two hours before my day began. A couple weekends per month, I sent our children to visit their grandparents and wrote in marathon style. That season yielded many blog posts and three self-published books. Once I quit my job to be a full-time writer, I had established a pattern that worked well.
Elements of a Writing Routine

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.

The more you dedicate time on the back end, the richer your writing will be. Daily Bible study was one of the most fruitful elements in my writing routine, because it gave me a never-ending supply of ideas.
Creating Your Own Writing Routine:
To create a writing routine that works for you, answer the following questions:
  • 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.

Blessings,

Sarah Geringer

 


Need help overcoming procrastination? We’ve got you covered with a FREE resource …
“It’s Never Too Late: Overcoming Procrastination and the Temptation To Press ‘Pause’ on Your Writing”
This audio teaching from COMPEL Writers Training will help you:
  • 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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P.S. With this audio teaching, you’ll also get a bonus PDF: “21 Tips To Start Writing Again After You’ve Pressed ‘Pause.'”

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