I Have No Writing Routine & Other Writerly Problems

I’ve realized something a little unsettling this week – I don’t have a writing routine anymore. I don’t think I ever had much of one – I usually wrote early in the morning or late at night, for unspecified periods of time. I wrote when I had the motivation. Which is not productive enough for someone who wants to be published.

Any attempt at a writing habit was squashed during the holidays – I get too busy and it’s hard to find the motivation to do anything when all you want to do is catch up on sleep.

I really want to be productive this year, and I find I’m not spending enough time writing. More than that, I struggle to know what I should be working on.

And I should be writing a lot more than I am. Especially if I hope to make a living. I have to treat this like a business and not a hobby, and I’ve got some bad habits lingering in these first few months. A quick look at my writing tracker reveals how shameful my efforts to write have been.

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5 Things I’ve Learned After Finishing a First Draft

Today, January 28th, 2019, I finished the first draft of my work-in-progress, The Wolves of the Far North. At long last. To be fair, the title of this post is a tiny bit misleading. While this is the first draft of my current wip, it’s actually the second draft I’ve ever finished.

But that is neither here nor there.

What matters is that this book was different. This was my the first time I sat down with the intention of writing a draft that I would one day query. It was the start of a journey, and it carried a certain weight and responsibility before that I’d never had to deal with.

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