Monday Musings- Creating a Writing Routine

One thing that NaNoWriMo really helps me with is creating a daily writing routine. As a writer, I understand the importance of writing something every single day (or at least working on my WIP in some way).

tumblr_m8vonhz5Ql1rn95k2o1_500But how do you continue a writing routine after the schedule and pressure of NaNoWriMo is over?

This is just one of the things I’ve struggled with since coming back from the holiday crazy time where I think I wrote/revised one chapter in my novel.

I didn’t focus on my writing for one whole month. That routine that I developed in October and November went ka-put. Now that I am working on TGGC again, I need a new writing routine. Otherwise I will never get anything done.

It takes about 30 days to make something a habit. My goal is to write or work on my novel for at least one hour a day for the next 30 days.

How am I going to do this?

1. Use a calendar

  • Mark days where I work for 1 hour
  • Mark when I work for more than 1 hour
  • Set weekly writing goals for myself.
    • Word Counts
    • Chapters revised or written (usually I shoot for 2).

2. Set aside separate time for blogging and a separate spot in my notebook/document on my computer

  • Blogging is very important to me, but it can distract me from other things that need to be done.

3. Reward myself for a job well done


  • For example- Did I go 1 whole week achieving my goal of 1 hour per day?
    • Did I hit my word count or chapter goal?
  • I will let myself go on an extra long walk or something that will help to replenish my energy and creativity.

4. Make my document full screen

  • So I can;’t see when an email pops up or someone Facebook messages me. Biggest distractions ever.

5. Put my phone in the other room

  • If someone needs to get ahold of me, they can wait an hour.


What is your writing routine? What do you do to eliminate distractions? Let’s chat!!!

0 thoughts on “Monday Musings- Creating a Writing Routine

  1. authorleighmichaels says:

    These are great suggestions! #4 is HUGE for me! I just got Scrivener and though I haven’t transferred my WIP to it, I’m looking forward to using it for my next project :-). The full screen mode on that is pretty nice, if you haven’t seen it before. I hope this process works well for you – I’m going to implement some of your suggestions myself! 🙂

  2. Kaine Andrews says:

    I used to try to follow Stephen King’s recommendation; 2,000 words a day, every day. This often ended up depressing me, because the days where I couldn’t meet the goal (or didn’t think I had time, in which case I’d skip it), I’d just feel stupid and lazy and worthless.
    Since the new year, I have a much simpler goal. Put one single sentence on my current manuscipt. Know what happens? I open it, whether I want to or not, scribble that sentence… And end up writing quite a bit more. And then feel ever so much better about the whole thing.
    I think the real key is, whatever your goals may be, make them fairly easy to achieve. Becuase the depression and irritation at biffing it can landslide into massive bouts of non-productivity. Just my 2 cents, though.

  3. Cath Greene says:

    Great writing advice – I’ve just blogged about writing regularly etc; so good to read other people’s ways of ironing out their writing wrinkles – I should definately put my phone in another room, I can’t help but ‘have a quick look’ if it pings at me!

    • Amanda Marie says:

      My phone is really my biggest distraction. I heard somewhere that the average American reaches for their phone every 90 seconds. Not sure how true that is, but it does show how much we get distracted by them. I will check out your blog about writing regularly too. Thanks for visiting 🙂

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