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Finding Routine After a Hiatus (Author Toolbox Blog Hop)

As you know, I have taken a long hiatus from writing, partly due to being a full time Mum, and partly because I let other things get in the way of my writing time i.e setting myself too much work for this blog and social media.

Now, I have set my priorities straight for 2020 and want to dive back in with editing my novella, Zombies and Budgie Smugglers. However, I am finding it harder than I thought I would.

I have now set myself some rules to get back into a writing routine and wanted to share them with you.

Chose a time of day and stick to it.

The mornings are best for me. My kids are early risers, so getting in a writing session when they’re eating breakfast and watching TV is best for me. If I get it done and dusted, then the rest of my day is free and I don’t feel guilty for not having written or for writing instead of family time etc.

Set low word count goals for the first few weeks.

I work best by hitting word counts rather than time limits. Ideally, 500 words a day would be perfect, but it is a daunting number coming back after a break, so I am setting small word count goals for a while of just 150 words a day. The sense of accomplishment motivates me each day.

Accountability is important.

Having someone ask ,what was your word count this morning?’ or ‘did you sit down and edit today?’ really helps me stay on track. Let people know what your plans and goals are and ask them to encourage you to stay on track every once in a while. My 9 year is best at this as she enjoys writing herself.

Mini deadlines over big ones.

When I was a mother of 1 school age child, I would happily set deadlines for editing and publication etc. Now, I have a toddler with me 24/7 a deadline seems scary. Deadlines used to motivate me, so I enjoy a mini deadline without the big stress of looming dates. For example, getting 15 pages edited in 5 days is doable and an extra push.

Do you have any tips to help me jump back on the writing wagon?

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16 thoughts on “Finding Routine After a Hiatus (Author Toolbox Blog Hop)”

  1. Great tips 🙂 I especially like the idea of getting someone to ask me about my word count: I think it’d motivate me to actually get it done!
    I always take a bit of time to re-familiarise myself with my story and plan after a hiatus. It helps ease me slowly back into thinking about writing 🙂

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  2. Great tips! I’ve been lax on myself and I’m also trying to get back into the swing of things writing wise. Small goals and dedicated days are good for me. Also having someone “yell” at me if they see me on social media during my time off helps keep me accountable. LOL Good luck in getting back into the swing of things.

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  3. What a great post! I too have had to set a schedule and I’m still struggling to stick with it. I’m slowly getting there though. I hope 2020 treats you well and getting back into writing is so much easier than anticipated.

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  4. Yes to all of this but especially low word counts at first and mini deadlines. I know how it turns out when I put too much pressure on myself when I’m just getting into a character’s voice, the world, etc. I find the first few weeks are a lot of me sitting looking at my computer, because there are a lot of things I need to work out in my head or research, and that’s work, but it doesn’t mean a lot of words right away. Great post!

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