It was time for me to write.The graveyard shift and I became BFFs. Starr Fall spilled onto the page and when my eyelids finally drifted closed each evening, I saved my ten to twenty pages and went to bed and prayed the next day, I'd get a chance to write more.
Writing became a habit to me.
A habit, I cannot, will not break. Not in a boat, not in a car, not in a house, now let me be... (My Ode to Dr. Seuss) Some days I write more than others. Occasionally a day or two goes by when I don't write, but more than likely, I am stuck in a book.
Make your ART a habit.
Schedules don't work for me. The moment I roughly outline a schedule for the day or the week, I find myself breaking it. The rebel in me hates schedules. So, I don't write down when I plan to write. I just do it.
My Writing days look like this: 2 to 3 days a week
6:30 am - 7:00 am Browse my email, Facebook, Twitter, and the Weather Channel, then officially get out of bed, take care of pets, turn on laptop, drink a soy chai latte
7:50 am - 9:00 am Kid time, drop off at school
9:00 am -10:30 am Work out and Brain Dump
10:30 am -11:00 am Eat breakfast, Shower
11:00 am - 3:15 pm WRITE (My ideal time frame, but it doesn't always work out.)
3:15 pm - 8:00 pm Kid time
8:00 pm - ???(10-1) Write or Read or TV time (Thursday nights: Vampire Diaries and Reign--purely research. Honest. The occasional Criminal Minds or Big Bang Theory)
**WRITE*** times: I write. I research something on Google, than shut down the internet.
Dedicate time to your craft without distractions.
*Write* times: I blog, tweet, Facebook, or browse around in addition to my WIP.
My substitute teaching days, I try to read in the morning a bit, revise during my prep periods, and then I generally stay up late to write.
Here's my Ink Sister, Donna's schedule. It is a struggle to dedicate time solely to your craft, but you MUST do it.
What's your Write Habit?