“You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.”- Mike Hawkins
When I was writing my debut novel, Sans Espoir, I never had a set time for writing. Though now, two years later, I have seen the benefits of having a set time and regular writing routine.
I first got the idea from The Writers’ Coffeehouse, to schedule in time for writing and writing related activities… even if it’s just 15 minutes a day.
For my last novel, Île de Contes… the story before the ‘ever after’, I was working with a deadline and so, I developed a routine of writing at 4AM each morning (except Tuesdays & Saturdays). I would write for 3 hours before starting my regular work day.
It was a bit of a challenge, it was a bit of a sacrifice, but what was the result? I was able to complete my book before the publishing deadline!
Of course, having a set time does not mean you won’t write at other parts of the day. Ideas and inspiration come randomly so you’ll always be jotting down character sketches, scenarios and settings and bits of dialogue. But having a set time and routine can help you accomplish your writing goals.
So, what actions have produced results in your writing?