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Routine has long been tauted as the writer's key to inspiration. You know the drill:
- write at the same time every day
- create a space dedicated to writing
- set yourself up for the muse by having little routine steps: sharpen your pencil, restack your paper square, sort through your list of ideas, sit down and make your mind quiet, whatever
- don't tell anyone your idea until after it is down on paper
- always leave your writing with a sense of urgency to write the next scene, or leave notes to pick up with next time you sit down
- don't stop until you have 1000 words down (or however many)
- stop after 1000 words no matter what (That will certainly leave a sense of urgency to get back to the scene, unless of course you have been telling yourself, like a bonking runner, just 167 more words and I get to stop.)
It frees you up for inspiration to fly in or roll on.
When you are in your "place," everyone knows to leave you alone. That does not mean they will, just that they know.
And routine has other perks as well.
- It's already scheduled into your day, so work, kids, spouse, laundry, Twitter have already been factored in and can be controlled and worked around.
- Laundry can be done at the same time, brushing your teeth and showering can be brainstorming time, and you have an excuse not to watch that mind-numbing TV show everybody is talking about.
- And when you are done, you can tell yourself, "I wrote today," just as others might say, "I exercised before breakfast." Be the first to pat yourself on the back.
- It is scheduled into your "most creative work" time because you have worked out that you write best from 5 AM to 9 AM, or 10 PM to midnight, or etc.
- And all those inspiring million-words-a-day gurus often provide very specific routines, and it works for them, why not you?
What is your routine or non-routine? Do you mix and match?
See me next week when I approach creativity in capture mode. Don't know what that is: see me next week, maybe I'll know then, too.