An article written by Lee Sonogan
Note: Contents of the article will feature on ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE ONLINE under the book You, Will, Have Style When You Write One Million Words: UNGROOVYGORDS Advanced Guide For Creative Writing (First Draft) done in parts.
Managing your lifestyle, if your gonna write you need a routine. The good news for you there is not just one way to do it and all writers do something different including myself. Putting in time and effort, planning it all out allows you to achieve the goals you set out for. Then you shall feel the satisfaction in actually making progress in sequences of action.
When organised to Dailey execution, practice makes perfect. Focusing on when writing will be a part of your day or identifying wastes of time, you have to make it a challenge regardless. Depending on your content that may mean avoiding all distractions. Typing those keys while most people in your neighbourhood are asleep. Embrace the nature of its reputation (I listen to music or watch something at the same time in an easy multitasking project)
List of famous writers daily routines in quotes:
- Kurt Vonnegut: “I do pushups and sit ups all the time.”
- WH Auden: “Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition”
- E.B. White: “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”
- Ray Bradbury: “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row….before you go to bed every night, read one short story.”
- John Updike: “I try to stay with it even on dull days”
- Karen Russell: “Enjoy writing badly.”
- Khaled Hosseini: “You have to write whether you feel like it or not.”
- A.J. Jacobs: “Force yourself to generate dozens of ideas.”
- Anthony Trollope: ”I require of myself 250 words every quarter of an hour…”
- Leo Tolstoy:“I must write each day without fail”
- Barbara Kingsolver: “I have to write hundreds of pages before I get to page one.”
- Bernard Malamud: “Eventually everyone learns his or her own best way.”
To summarize all writers way they do it in four key elements, first is simply committing to the work every day. Either that’s six pages like Stephen King or spread out through checks, proofreading and/or published posts proving consistency. With the energy you have to be productive, attack the most important things first. When you get the serious stuff done, you can go over your daily quota and not even realise it.
Number one is a commitment with number two implementing precision within its conceptual foundation. The third is setting limits to gains results in the long run. For example, 500 words takes half an hour to write which equals 182,500s a year which is in comparison to two novels. My fourth recommend step is mentally be ready for what is needed to be done ahead. Taking breaks at regular intervals keeps you sane in completely before hypothetical deadlines.
Overall I do not stop daily until I at getting over 1000 words. Other advice that I probably have already said revolves around inspiration. It may be a necessity to keep you researching and motivated in the production of the self-designed timeline.