Confession: I did not start out as a Morning Writer by any means. When I first began my writing journey, I was a Midnight-3AM Writer. I would say this was because I was trying to live that Gothic-Dreampunk-By-Moonlight-Creative-By-Candlelight lifestyle but the truth is that it was the only way, at the time, to fit a solid chunk of uninterrupted writing time into my day. I'm a wife, mom, and had a full-time job (I was a graphic designer for a decade and then did a brief stint as an Executive Assistant at a Fine Arts museum). Now that I have the opportunity to stay home (which I am extremely grateful to my husband for being so incredibly supportive), I've been able to figure out what time of day I'm actually the most creative when it comes to writing. You guessed it--mornings!
I like being able to start the day with a fresh mind so I can truly focus on whatever story I'm working on. Also, knocking out a writing session first thing in the morning makes the rest of the day feel like a breeze no matter what I have going on because I'm already starting out feeling as though I've accomplished something.
Here's what my typical Morning Writing Routine looks like these days:
Wake up. Get morning chores out of the way. Check emails.
Make coffee. Review where I'm at in the story and then begin the morning's writing session. I know a lot of author's like to take breaks every half hour or so but I'm more of the type to set a parameter for a session and then solidly work through it. I'll either give myself a world count goal to meet or just a time frame (usually an hour and a half to two hours) depending on my progress versus whatever deadline I've given myself to complete the draft.
Get dressed for the day and review my planner and To-Do lists. I usually get some laundry going around this time and return any calls/messages/etc.
My husband and I meet up for lunch every day which is nice and I'm incredibly happy that we're able to do that.
MORE COFFEE! And back to writing. I'll finish up whatever scene or chapter that I was working on that day or use this time to do any needed research. If I've already met my writing goal for the day and I don't have the energy to jump into a new scene then I'll use this as Administrative time to work on the more "business" side of things like marketing, promotion, and brainstorming content ideas. This session usually lasts until about 1:00 P.M.
That's my Morning Writing Routine! I have no clue how interesting/dull you all might find it. haha But if you enjoy these sorts of posts then be sure to let me know in the comments or on social media. I love to hear from you guys and if there are any topics you'd like to see me cover in terms of writing or publishing then please feel free to ask!
Thanks for reading!
- Dez -
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