What’s your writing routine?

Good article for us writers & a reminder to myself to get up earlier and write more


Do you have a routine for writing? A way of doing it which has become habit and which you know will get the best out of you? I was thinking about this having read a recent article on the subject.

Many famous writers seem to have these habits. I think the reason is that, to write a novel you need to get your backside on the chair and your fingers on the keyboard – regularly and for long periods of time, just to get the work done. I know only too well that novels don’t write themselves.

Murakami_Haruki_(2009)Here’s what the brilliant Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami had to say on the subject in an interview:

“When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at four a.m. and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen hundred meters (or do…

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Busy Mental Bee

As you know, yesterday was Therapy Thursday. I had three appointments:

1) One with the psychiatrist. We are changing my medications slightly and adding another drug.

I told him about needing his approval to go on a Weight Loss Clinic appetite suppressant. I was embarrassed to ask him. I sensed he would not approve. I was right. He said something like that could trigger a bipolar episode. However, he did say he would prescribe me something that had the effect of giving me more energy and suppressing my appetite. I am very optimistic about something that will have that effect. I’ll start it when I return from my trip. Understandably, we don’t want to switch anything while I am away from home. He told me during my travels to get plenty of rest and try to get some physical activity, which I assured him I would.

2) Then, I picked up all my medications that would get me through the trip.

3) Lastly, I met with the clinician. We talked and talked. It doesn’t always have to be related to my mental health. We talked about where I could locally purchase big girl clothes. We talked about a local resort. We talked about traveling. She agreed the trip was a good thing too. Anything that gives me an enthusiasm for life. She just stated that if I get worn down, I need to speak up immediately and take a break. If I let it go too far, I’ll get impatient and cranky, which leads to all sort of mental unpleasantness.

In between my appointments, I did a little shopping for trip supplies.


I went to Walmart to stock up on the not so fun items like camera batteries, a SIM card and a suitcase scale. But, I was excited to pick out my travel journal and pens. Then, I went to my favorite clothing store in town and picked out another cute outfit.

My mom assures me I have enough clothes now. Waka Waka.