As a writer, finding a writing routine that works for you is key to achieving your goals. Over the years, I’ve developed a routine that allows me to be productive and creative while still maintaining a balance in my personal life. In this post, I’ll share my experience of developing a successful writing routine that works for me.

Step 1: Identify the best time for writing

First, I identified the time of day when I’m most productive and creative. For me, it’s early in the morning, before the day gets busy. I also found that a change of scenery can be helpful, so I sometimes write in a coffee shop or a park. Once I found the time and place that works for me, I made sure to protect that time and schedule other activities around it.

Step 2: Set achievable goals

Setting achievable writing goals has been crucial to my routine. I aim to write a certain number of words or complete a specific scene each day. I also break down larger projects into smaller, more manageable tasks. This helps me stay motivated and makes the writing process feel less overwhelming.

Step 3: Eliminate distractions

Eliminating distractions is key to staying focused during my writing time. I turn off my phone, close all unnecessary tabs on my computer, and eliminate any other distractions in my environment. This helps me stay in the zone and write more efficiently.

Step 4: Take breaks

Taking breaks is essential to avoiding burnout and staying fresh. I take a short break after each writing session to rest my mind and recharge. During this time, I do something I enjoy, like reading or taking a walk. This helps me come back to my writing refreshed and ready to go.

Step 5: Be flexible

Finally, it’s important to be flexible with your routine. Life happens, and sometimes things don’t go according to plan. I try to be kind to myself and understand that some days may be more productive than others. If I miss a writing session, I don’t beat myself up about it. Instead, I focus on getting back on track the next day.

In conclusion, developing a successful writing routine takes time and experimentation. It’s important to find what works for you and stick to it, but also to be flexible and adjust as needed. With the right routine in place, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your writing goals.

15 Comments

  1. Timmy February 16, 2023 at 3:08 am

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sebastian Iturralde - Site Author March 4, 2023 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, Timmy! Sharing my experience with others is something that brings me joy and fulfillment as a writer. I hope this post helps you in developing your own successful writing routine.

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  2. envisioneden February 16, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    Great advice Sebastian, I agree. The “taking breaks” part is the hardest for me….;-)

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    1. Sebastian Iturralde - Site Author March 4, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you, envisioneden! I completely understand the struggle with taking breaks. As writers, we can get so caught up in our work that it’s difficult to step away. But I’ve found that taking breaks actually helps me be more productive in the long run. Keep working at it, and I’m sure you’ll find a balance that works for you!

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  3. Russell Liney February 16, 2023 at 10:13 pm

    I agree with all you’ve written here. I think having a routine with no distractions is essential. One of the most important things you mentioned is not to beat ourselves up if we can’t stay strictly within our set guidelines all the time. It’s practically impossible not to let the real world intrude from time to time.
    This is a good post with sensible suggestions, most of which I adhere to myself.

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    1. Sebastian Iturralde - Site Author March 4, 2023 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you, Russell! I’m glad to hear that you found my post helpful and that you also practice many of these suggestions in your own writing routine. And you’re absolutely right – it’s important to be kind to ourselves when life gets in the way. We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can control how we react to them. Happy writing!

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  4. Neetu February 19, 2023 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Sebastian Iturralde - Site Author March 4, 2023 at 1:21 pm

      You’re welcome, Neetu! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. As a writer, sharing my experiences and insights is important to me, and I’m glad that you found my post helpful. Happy writing!

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  5. Melanie Stokke February 20, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Awesome steps, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sebastian Iturralde - Site Author March 4, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you, Melanie! Your comment means a lot to me, and I’m glad that you found my steps helpful. As writers, we all face unique challenges, but by sharing our experiences and tips with each other, we can all grow and improve together. Happy writing!

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  6. Alex February 25, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Great routine. It is so important to develop good habits and set up an environment free from distractions so that we can do good work.

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    1. Sebastian Iturralde - Site Author March 4, 2023 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you, Alex! I couldn’t agree moreā”developing good habits and creating a distraction-free environment are crucial to success as a writer. It’s not always easy, but with dedication and perseverance, we can all achieve our writing goals. Best of luck to you on your own writing journey!

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  7. Beverley Bell February 27, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Sebastian
    Thank you for “liking” my post. I too believe that establishing a writing routine is essential if I want to get any work done. At the moment I am struggling to adjust my timing to include both working on my next novel, attending markets to sell “Ocean” and my affiliate marketing business. I actually enjoy this struggling stage, because I know something good will develop and I will learn from it.
    Thanks again
    Bev
    PS Shared your writing post on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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    1. Sebastian Iturralde - Site Author March 4, 2023 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you so much, Bev! Your comment and support mean a lot to me. I’m glad that you found my post helpful, and I appreciate you sharing it on LinkedIn and Facebook. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now, but I have no doubt that with your dedication and positive attitude, you’ll find a way to make it all work. Keep pushing through, and I wish you all the best with your writing, selling, and affiliate marketing endeavors!

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