I remember making a goal of posting here once a week, now I see its a year since I did. I also remember being given some excellent advice a long time ago — if you set a goal and fail to stick to it, don’t beat yourself up, just get back to it and keep going. You do make progress each time, and its only a temporary setback. So, back from holidays and ready for yet another new start.
Have continued to write offline, mainly poetry, and made one submission to a literary magazine without success, so time to send out a few more. I recently vowed to eat breakfast in my writing room every weekday, starting with my first cup of coffee in the morning — and stay for two hours. Writing is the only thing I do here, having so far resisted the temptation to install games on this computer.
I generally start with a journal entry to warm up, and maybe a writing exercise, or read an author I admire. Once I make the start it’s easy to keep going for two hours or longer.
Yawn, stretch those writing muscles
One writing exercise I enjoy is “copy the masters”. Literally copy down a page or so of a story or novel, for example, the first page of a novel — what makes it work, what questions does it raise? Does it introduce the setting or start in the middle of the action? Surprising how much you can learn from this close scrutiny. Then look for something in the passage to use as a jumping off point for your own writing, maybe begin with a single scene or fragment of description. The act of writing generates ideas for more.
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My budgie is chirping madly, she is glad to have me home. An extra motivation to be in my writing room (which is a cat-free zone) — she needs the company. Out the window I see blue sky and brilliant sunshine, and feel that anything is possible.
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What is your writing routine? Leave a reply and let us know.