One reason it’s hard to get “butts in the chair” and “just write” is because, unless we have a solid routine in place, we must choose to write. Decision making eats up precious glucose in the brain. Each decision you make throughout the day is a deposit from your willpower bank account. Habits remove decision making from the equation.Read More
Why does a writing routine work? From Anne Lamott to Flannery O’Connor to Toni Morrison, why do writers swear by the power of routine to quiet the inner critic? Because… brain science! Writing––like all the other arts and skills––is a practice. When we develop and maintain a writing routine, our brains change. We don’t have to make the decision––it’s automatic.Read More
Every other piece of writing advice seems to be a version of, “Write every day!” I’m not sure new writers really “get this” until we actually write every day at the same time. It’s easier to wait for inspiration to hit. But experienced writers know: if you want to get work done, waiting for the waterfall is a precarious existence.Read More
At this stage in my writing life, I’m a dedicated early bird. It was helpful to read the writing routines of other early birds – I enjoyed their quirks and tips, and offered me a sense of solidarity in my routine. When I wake up in the dark, brew a cup of hot tea, and rub my eyes with weariness, I know many greats have come before me. So, if you’re also a lark who rises with the sun to get to work, you’re in good company. Here are seven celebrated authors with early bird writing routines.Read More
A few weeks ago, I fell down my sister’s stairs and sprained my ankle. I usually walk my dog to the beach for an hour, but for the last month, I’ve shortened my walks to 15 minutes.
This was a blow. My morning walks are an essential piece of my wellness routine. Fortunately, my apartment complex has a pool. At first, I thought, Great! I’ll replace my long walk with a morning swim. My love for water runs deep, so this was an attractive option.Read More