I've been back on the writing train for a little over five weeks and I have to confess that having a writing routine is actually working.
As much as I can dream, I don't have the luxury of full days to write. The most I write is 1/2 hour - 1 hour most days. But because it's almost every day, it's enough.
By having a writing routine there's no re-acquainting with the story each time I sit down to write. Generally I scrawl down some notes at the end of a writing session that are launch points for the next.
Or else they give me something to think about in between writing. It's almost like the creative brain keeps working even though I'm not physically sitting down to write.
Of course there are days when I don't feel like writing. Sometimes I give into the urge to do nothing and other times I write anyway. Surprisingly, I've had some productive writing sessions that began with not feeling like writing at all.
Now when I hold the first half of my manuscript in my hands it feels heavier than when I began. There are torn ring-bound pages poking out the edges where the characters and story have expanded. And I'm back in the middle story zone again.
But if past experience is anything to go by, I'll need more than a writing routine to get through the middle story successfully! I have a few ideas up my sleeve that I'll share in my next post...
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