I see so many articles going around writing groups about getting into a routine and write every day. The message from these articles is that this is how you are going to be a “real” writer.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the writer’s of these articles must lead quite a predicable life!
At the moment, I haven’t been able to write every day like I was planning to. For a while, I was beating myself up about it. I wasn’t having a lunch beak as I would be driving my kids to school. By the time evening came around, I was too tired to do anything. Getting up early to write also wasn’t the best plan for my general health and stress levels.
So I came up with a new routine.
On Saturday mornings, I head off to my favourite cafe and write for a couple of hours, this works best on the weekends my kids are with their dad, however they don’t mind having lunch in the cafe and reading a book or playing on their iPads while I write!
The last few weeks have been amazingly productive. I don’t know what it is about my favourite cafe – it could be the food, the chai, the staff, the atmosphere, or something else entirely – but it’s working for me right now.
If I’ve learned anything this year, it’s that in order to be a “real” writer, you need to write, and you need to be flexible with your writing routine to find one that works for you, and not one that the “experts” tell you to have.
I’m looking forward to the day I can write every day again, but for now, my weekly writing routine is what is getting the words written and the manuscripts done.
Oh and if you’re looking for a great place to write that has good chai and great food, check out Saint James Cafe in Malvern.