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Writing Routine Inspiration

As NaNoWriMo 2020 creeps around the corner, a lot of us may be thinking of writing routines. Do we have one? Do we want one? I think we can all agree, we need one. Especially if we are going to get a rough draft novel done in a month! I don’t know about you, but I find the thought somewhat daunting. Especially since, I have not had a writing routine in a while now.

Today, the NaNo Twitter shared this great article with 12 routines of famous writers. I want to share some excerpts. The link to the full article is here.

Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult - The Boston Globe
Jodi Picoult

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

I don’t believe in writer’s block. Think about it — when you were blocked in college and had to write a paper, didn’t it always manage to fix itself the night before the paper was due? Writer’s block is having too much time on your hands. If you have a limited amount of time to write, you just sit down and do it. You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.

– Jodi Picoult

I really like this quote, because it encourages me to not procrastinate, and get writing! Also, it gives me some hopeful mood; I like the idea that, I can always edit a bad page. Hopefully that will help me chug along in my NaNo 2020 draft come November, knowing that I can always fix bad bits later.

Ernest Hemingway - Wikipedia
Ernest Hemingway

Another favorite was:

You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that.

When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.

– Ernest Hemingway

The reason I like this one is because, it inspires and invigorates me. I like the extra detail that you stop writing when there is still juice in you, and when you know what the next scene will be. That way it is easy to write the next day. That particularly hit me because, sometimes I write and I don’t know what the next scene will be, and struggle the next day. So, I’m going to adopt this method of stopping ahead so I can know the next scene the next day.

Let me know what quotes resonated with you, and if you’re going to be doing a novel for National Novel Writing Month (November) 2020!

Until next time,


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