We all get stuck sometimes. Writer’s block, burnout, demands from bosses or clients, family commitments…there are so many factors that conspire to drain our time and energy, preventing us from putting words on the page. There’s nothing worse than waking up full of ambition and going to bed having accomplished what feels like nothing. Where did the time even go?!
If you find your days slipping away more often than not, you might want to try developing a regular writing routine. Truth is, unless you carve out sacred time specifically devoted to writing, you’ll often find that other responsibilities take priority. Meanwhile, your blog, book, or story languishes.
Reclaim your day by deciding on a basic schedule to follow. Even if you deviate from it sometimes, a solid schedule will keep you on track. Plus, you’ll be in good company. As the infographic below from Global English Editing demonstrates, countless famous authors relied on adhering to a consistent routine to get their writing done.
Maya Angelou, for example, didn’t do anything in half-measures. She booked a hotel room long-term specifically to use for writing. And that’s not all: she declined to use housekeeping services and had all distractions, such as paintings and decorations, removed from the room. That’s some impressive dedication to her craft.
Kurt Vonnegut used a different strategy. He alternated his bouts of writing with swimming and other exercises, as well as breaks to run errands and listen to music. Perhaps he enjoyed the boost in creativity he got from exercise, or perhaps he simply needed respite from staring at a blank page.
Ultimately, your writing schedule should fit your life and goals. This infographic shares the daily writing routines of 20 authors, each one different from the next. Read on for a little inspiration!
INFOGRAPHIC SUBMITTED BY: Sierra Delarosa/Global English Editing