We have another wonderful guest post today from Sierra Delarosa, exploring the 20 daily writing routines of famous authors. I discuss making writing a habit in Grit for Writers, because any well-written book needs to be, well, written. If you sit down and write consistently, day after day, you’ll not only gets words on paper ensuring your characters and stories unfold, but you’ll also hone your craft as you go. Words on the page are ones that can be counted, but also edited!
And that’s how a best-selling book is born.
So check out some of the strategies other authors have implemented to reach success, browse them like a shopping isle. Select one or two that you think apply to your particular personality and situation, and apply it. The good news is, in this store, it’s free!
Do you ever struggle to get enough writing done? Or fall prey to the dreaded writer’s block? You might want to consider establishing a daily writing routine to trick your brain into behaving. As this infographic by Global English Editing demonstrates, many well-known and prolific authors used daily routines to stay on track.
Here are a few tips, inspired by some of these famous authors, to help you create a daily routine of your own:
Shut out distractions so you can direct your full attention to your work. Flannery O’Connor, for example, only wrote for two hours per day, so she needed to make every minute count. She blocked out distractions by facing a wooden dresser as she wrote. Maya Angelou overcame distractions by renting out a hotel room and insisting that it contain no decorations.
Don’t give procrastination a chance to get its hooks into you. Many writers find that they make substantial progress during the early morning hours. Plus, you’ll spend the rest of the day riding the high of your earlier achievements. Virginia Woolf is one of many writers who kept a morning routine; she ate breakfast with her husband, then began writing at 9:30.
Build on momentum
Non-fiction author Michael Lewis writes in the early morning and at night. His nighttime writing sessions build the foundation for the next day’s work. Follow his lead by using time in the evenings to set yourself up for success the following day. If you organize your materials and decide on a specific game plan at night, you can awake in the morning ready to go.
Of course, all these tips are guidelines and suggestions rather than hard-and-fast rules. As you’ll learn from the infographic below, writers’ daily routines are just as unique and varied as their works!
Personally, I set the alarm for 5:30 every weekday morning to get a few hundred words in before the business of life starts. Some days the words pour out effortlessly, other days I do a pretty good impersonation of a zombie…But what counts is the consistency and the perseverance. For me, it means that when it comes to the peace of evening, a good chunk of my word count goals are already done. What about you? Comments and feedback are always appreciated. Connecting with others is why I write. You can comment below, or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.
Have a wonderful week,
Sierra is the content manager for Global English Editing. She is a musician, scientist, and writer.