nascentnovelist

October 25, 2012

Make or Break Your Routine

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In a writing rut: break your routine.

This is the advice I’ve gotten lately. Go on vacation, take a walk, write at different times of the day. But as someone who’s suddenly without a home or a conventional job, I have to admit that the lack of routine is what gets me. Sure, I have no trouble finishing my freelance gigs on time, outside pressure is a perfect motivator, but my own projects? Forget about it. I’ve written 1500 words in 2 weeks.

I’m sure it will be different once I settle down in a new country and the vacation feeling passes. I’m sure it will help once I get a few more freelance gigs so the paycheck thing will be taken care of. And I’m sure renting office space with other freelancers will help me mimic a traditional work day. But I don’t want my creativity to be shackled to an apartment and a set space.

So what is a poor girl to do? I need your advice here. How do you keep up productivity without set routines? Or how do you create routines when everything else is fluctuating?

2 Comments »

  1. Routine is basically the only way for me to work on any kind of personal output. I can arbitrarily create my own time blocks for when I want to work, but in many cases the problem in creating my own routine is mostly the people I interact with on a frequent basis; to them, you doing personal stuff or ‘working’ at home is not actual ‘work’, to them it’s just… “doing stuff”. Communicating to my friends and family that I’m not available during so-and-so is important for me to find breathing space and time to focus.

    In any case, good luck on your new adventure!

    Comment by cgmonkey — October 26, 2012 @ 10:26 am | Reply

    • I hear you. I used to be good at managing my own time, but now that I don’t have a home or an office, it’s more difficult. Might be a mood thing.

      I guess I’m a bit guilty of the same thing you friends and family are doing: if it’s my own stuff, it feels less like real work and more like stuff.

      Thank you!

      Comment by nascentnovelist — October 27, 2012 @ 9:32 am | Reply


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