When I first discovered writing, mostly through reading books written by dead, drunk French authors, I thought I would emulate them. Mind you, I was twenty-two. After work, I’d sit at my table with a glass of red wine and write for hours, watching my handwriting get sloppy. Then I took a writing class, read Natalie Goldberg, quit red wine and took to writing at least an hour a day whether it was in my diary or a story.
Over the years, I became less disciplined, writing in mind-numbing spurts–a 500-page book in two months, then nothing for a year. Keeping a blog was easier and my usual regime of writing after work changed to morning scribbling. Now, I try to write before work, a little at night, then double my schedule on the weekends. I could blame my lack of routine on a cluttered desk, but really, there’s no excuse. Getting the butt in the chair is a daily battle.
I’m always curious about other writers’ routines–when they write, how long they write, and what their writing spaces look like. Do you time yourself or just write until you can’t bear it anymore? Some write longhand first, then transfer to the computer. What is your preference? Do you reward yourself for writing a certain number of pages? Lastly, how do you procrastinate?
Please tell me.