As loath as I may be to admit it, and as much as I struggle to stick to one, I absolutely thrive when I implement a routine into any kind of project. (I’m probably not alone in this, either.) And a few weeks ago, I set myself on a routine for a week to get a lot of writing done, and for the few days that I did it, I was totally successful. I got a lot written and felt really productive. I would spend a few hours at my desk writing and come lunchtime I’d be pumped up with getting work done. Then three days in, I started to slack: I slept in a little later, I didn’t write as long (the office got so hot, guys!), and I let myself get distracted by other things (Netflix). But I haven’t forgotten those first awesome days, and I keep kicking myself for not sticking to them, especially since I really fell apart in writing my novel last week. I don’t think I’ve written anything in four or five days now–at least, it feels like it’s been that long.
My routine right now is to wake up at whatever time it becomes too hot to stay in bed, maybe shower, make an iced latte or have a glass of orange juice, and sit in the living room browsing the internet and listening to podcasts for the next three hours or so. I have a hard time writing lately, simply because I don’t have any ideas right now and I’m not nurturing my creativity at all, so I end up putting it off all day until about eight at night. Then I somehow manage to write my word count for the day–if I write it at all. It’s all or nothing with me, it seems, and I’m kind of okay with that because I don’t believe in forcing myself to write. I can only trudge through so much bad stuff before I need a break, and I guess lately I’ve needed a break. But at the same time, I feel like this break is going on way too long.
Ideally, though? Ideally my day would look like this:
I’d wake up early, around seven, seven-thirty, shower and dress, making myself feel wonderful and clean and ready for the day. I’d make myself a cup of tea or a latte, then start right in on writing, ignoring the internet until I was finished, which would take maybe two hours because when I get started, even writing bad first draft fluff, I generally kick butt. And I would feel so accomplished that I’d spend the rest of the day doing whatever I wanted and not feel guilty about it–or keep working in the throes of proud productivity.
I am not naturally a morning person, though. It’s often a struggle for me to get up, let alone be active right away. (Today I got up around eleven.) I’m sure I can train myself to have this routine, but right now my will seems to be lacking, which sucks. I can’t seem to get off the computer or out of a book any time before one in the morning most nights, and more often than not I need nine hours of sleep before I can wake up easily. It’s a bad combination at the moment, but I’d really like to change it because I’d like to stop feeling so useless lately + get my butt in gear on this novel. I can’t just let it sit around half-finished, right?