My writing habits have always been a little lacking but it is something that I continually strive to work on. I always like reading about the writing habits of authors I admire to see what works for them. I recently finished an article from the Writer Mag that talked about Prolific Novelists and their habits that literally left me with my mouth wide open in amazement.
Robert J Randisi has written(and published) over 540 novels. That is not a typo……….540 novels. I don’t even think I have 540 story ideas @ this point in time. This is how he described his writing routine. Get in the office between noon & 1. Write until 5 pm, have dinner, write again until 8, take a 2 hour nap, then start writing again from 11 pm until 4 or 5 in the morning! He then wakes back up @ 11 am & starts all over again. He states that he writes one book in the morning & a 2nd in the afternoon.
That is production beyond anything I will ever achieve. Even if my primary job was writing my mind would have burnt out long before I got around to working on book number two. Luckily the rest of the writers had a writing habit that was a little more realistic, but their days still centered around writing.
This got me thinking about what would be the best writing routine for me. Ideally I would say that I would wake up around 8 (that is sleeping in for me), have some breakfast, go on an “inspirational” walk, and be in front of my computer by 10. I would then write until noon, have lunch, then write again until 2 or 3. Now with a little one on the way I know this won’t be feasible, but again this is in a perfect world.
My question to you all would be, If writing was your primary job, what would your routine be?