It was one of those mornings. Often I get up before my alarm, even if only by minutes. Not today. Often I’m ready to leap from the bed and go for my walk. Today I dragged my sorry backside out of bed and stumbled around.
I got my walk done, throwing in some extra faster bursts to get the heart going. I meditated with a mantra, something I don’t usually need, just to help myself focus. My gratitude journal went well, but that was the first thing that came easily this morning. Even breakfast was a bit automatic for me today.
I figured that I might write for a little, then maybe have a nap if I needed before I kept going. Uh, huh.
As soon as my butt hit that chair, my body woke and my brain started working. I got writing and the story flowed. I was able to work on the ending of the story fairly productively. I edited another story more productively than I expected, too. As soon as my butt hit that chair, my body already knew what I needed to do, because I spent over a month doing the same thing every morning all that time. My mind focused and my brain snapped into writing mode, and away I went.
I highly recommend everyone have a morning routine before writing. Mine is simple. I get up early to a daylight alarm and bird noises. I take the dogs for a walk, then put them in the yard and do another faster walk (I have an old dog who can’t walk fast). I come in and make tea, braid my hair, and write in my gratitude journal. I have breakfast and meditate for 10 minutes, then I sit and write. No emails or anything before writing. Nothing to distract me.
Form a routine and train yourself to follow it. On those hard days when you don’t want to get up, it can save your morning and keep you writing. You’ll be productive on days you thought would be worthless. Keep it simple, and get writing!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.