This is a big one for me. After all, succeeding and failing set the tone for the next day’s writing. And if I go into a new day feeling like a failure, my writing suffers.
So, with that said, I found a writing routine that works for me very well. I started this routine on January 1st, 2020, and it goes like this.
I write, edit, and rewrite approximately 283 words a day from January 1st to October 5th (my birthday). And then for every twenty pages I write, I print those off, and edit/add as I go. This leaves me with roughly 78,000 words for a first draft. I take the last three weeks of October off. Then I spend November and December outlining my next book. What can I say it works for me?
I wish I would have had this in place when I wrote a book of Flash Fiction and Short Stories entitled The Collection because I would have finished it so much quicker. And, I could have saved some time going back through a jumbled mess because now I edit as I write. This, I believe, has improved my writing skills enormously. If you haven’t tried this style of writing and editing I highly recommend it. It keeps you focused on the storyline and opens up new avenues as you go back a little at a time.
If you want to have successfully consistent days of writing, find a schedule that works for you and stick to no matter what. The hardest days to find time might become your best days of all. It will take some trial and error; however, once you hone it down to a science, you’ll never look back.