I have a new routine, and it’s making my writing life wonderful.
Recently, I moved closer to work. What used to take me at least an hour on the subway is now a fifteen-minute walk, and it’s making quite a difference.
Since the move, I’ve been leaving the apartment around 7am. I’m fortunate enough to work at a university with a beautiful dining hall, so I’ve claimed that as my workspace. It’s a large open space with dark wood paneling and lighting fixtures that look like they were stolen from Hogwarts. After testing different areas of the room to find the perfect spot, I’ve settled on a table in the corner that’s big enough to spread out my things.
I settle in around 7:15, do a little writing in what I call my “novel journal” (a topic for another day, perhaps), set some goals for the day, and get to writing by 7:30.
Mornings, for me, are a great time to write. My creative brain tends to shut down in the evening, around 8pm. I’ve only managed late-night writing a handful of times, and I can’t imagine that what I produced was much good. Even in the face of insomnia, the best I can manage is to jot down a few ideas. Getting up early is my best bet, and I always enjoy it.
Those are the basics. I’m head over heels for my novel, so once I get started, the two hours fly by. At 9:30 (or 9:27, if I’m paying attention to punctuality which, annoyingly, I usually am) I pack up and head upstairs to my office. I return to writing during my lunch hour, and I tend to do my reading for the program in the evening after work.
There you have it: my weekday routine. As a result, I’m feeling a lot less frantic this semester – 15 guaranteed hours of writing per week, even before tacking on Saturday and Sunday, will do that for a person.