All the experts say so.
Currently, the only kind of writing schedule I have could be summed up with one word: sporadic. It’s worked for me, with varying degrees of success, so far, but there are myriad reasons and resources out there that will explain in great detail that one of the key tools in a writer’s toolbox is the routine. I don’t have a good routine, and I think that was part of the reason why it was so easy for me to get derailed during this most recent round of personal drama.
Don’t get me wrong; I’ve made some progress with my writing projects. But I think having a schedule that’s a little more concrete than “whenever I can” might just be the ticket to regular and sustained progress.
I’m doing well with my writing challenges and my personal writing goals. But I think I’m ready to step it up a notch, and for me this will mean a routine. Now I just have to figure out what said routine will look like. I am so not a morning person, so writing then seems both unlikely and unappealing. Before bedtime is the time I’m most drawn to, although the needy husband is the big hurdle there. I remember when I went back to school when my youngest was only a year old. You’d think the baby would have interfered most with homework completion, but my husband, and his constant need to be the centre of attention, totally won the prize for making me tear my hair out.
That’s okay. I’ll figure it out. After all, I’m a college graduate. And I managed to graduate with honours.
Have I mentioned that my youngest is now eleven and I’m still tired from school? Ha!