Real Writers Write Every Day . . . except for those who don’t

Writers are often asked: “What is your writing routine?” It’s a good question. After all, people want to know how it’s done. How do writers find time to write between jobs, kids, pets, chores, distractions, and the endless list of things that must be done before we allow ourselves the luxury of indulging in our creative passion.

Hmmm – this is where “the plan” comes in. My schedule is rigid. I am asleep every night by ten pm and up at five am – before the household stirs. I make coffee, settle down at my laptop, and click away, letting the words flow from my imagination without interruption. I don’t stop until the sun sends golden rays of light through the window and I’ve pounded out at least 1000 words . . . And of course, I write every day. 

Oh please, rigidity is not even a concept I understand. I’m the queen of loosie-goosie, the wing-it girl, the juggler of all things that probably shouldn’t be juggled. I stay up way too late watching animal videos on you-tube. My mornings don’t even begin until the sun assaults my eyes with razor-like precision. My husband makes coffee before he leaves the house (it’s one of the things I like best about him). My three dogs paw at me to get out of bed. I find an excuse to text my children or spy on their now defunct FB pages. Then I get caught up in posts and photos – photos of glorious vacations my “friends” are on and the perfect lives of people I don’t even know. I tear myself away from social media when the phone rings, the wash machine buzzes, or a dog throws up.  How the hell do I ever find time to write?

Here’s the truth. Writers do not “find” time – at least not the ones I know. We make it. We carve it out of our days in bits and pieces. I put “write” in my calendar wherever there’s open space. I say “sorry, I can’t go” to a lot of fun stuff. There’s no magic, no roadmap, and definitely no one-size-fits-all answer.

Writers without editors or agents breathing down their necks to meet deadlines can be like untethered balloons. We are at risk of wandering from project to project, changing goals, touching down in random places, getting lost. It’s up to us to tether our strings, preferably to the back of a chair in front of a desk, and focus.

So do I follow the “rules?” Sometimes, maybe, sort of . . . but for every rule that exists, there are exceptions to prove it wrong. And I can tell you this – I do not write every day. But I sure do think about it.

“The Golden Rule is that there are no golden rules.” George Bernard  Shaw

6 thoughts on “Real Writers Write Every Day . . . except for those who don’t

  1. Rosa

    Wonderful and funny! I can totally relate to this post because writing is hard. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way! Keep writing Julie!!!

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    1. Julie Brown Post author

      Thank you Robin! Your comment encourages me to keep going. Writers are plagued by doubt – perhaps my next post…. xo

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  2. Nadine

    I’m laughing so hard right now! As someone else who enjoys writing, your ‘rigid’ routine made me feel like a lazy slacker! Then, I read on…and died laughing! Phew! I’m definitely the gal described in your second paragraph! Haha! I love your honesty!
    Keep up the good work…no matter what time of day, or night!
    🙂

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  3. CHERI NEWELL

    Ahhh JULIE… You nailed it!!! Hilarious… and so true!!! I’m writing while my husband watches the basketball playoffs!!!

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