On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path to publishing, marketing and preparing to publish again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.
Writing Spaces, Routines and Rituals
When writing my first book I used a PC. We kept that computer in one of our extra bedrooms. Back then I had a writing schedule and I didn’t have any trouble sticking with it. I would get up an hour earlier each morning, make a cup of tea and I would sit down and write for an hour before going to work. I would spend another hour, writing at night. If there were no family events to attend, Saturdays were dedicated to writing.
Since then a few things have changed. I now have a dedicated office space. My office has plenty of space to spread out and a nice view. It’s funny, I rarely use it. Why would I when I can use my laptop, notebook, IPad or phone to write anywhere.
You would think with all of these choices I would have no trouble meeting writing goals. None of us had any idea what a time sucker social media would turn out to be, did we? It definitely requires a plan and discipline.
With a third book coming out later this fall, a fourth book to finish, a business and a large family, this year I need to get serious about getting back to scheduling dedicated writing time and sticking with the schedule.
It’s time to dust my office. Better yet I think restyling my space might provide some inspiration. It’s time to revive my writing playlist and stop sitting on my sofa thinking I can watch a movie and concentrate on grammar at the same time.
How about you? Do you have a dedicated space for writing? Do you have any writing rituals? I listen to music, drink tea or wine depending on the hour and my favorite writing snacks are chocolate (of course,) candy corn this time of year, cheese and crackers or veggies and dip. If I find myself not able to concentrate I play a couple of levels of Scrabble Blast, the only online game I play.
I would love to hear any secrets or suggestions you may have to sticking with your writing or blog schedule.