Routines are great. They can help us be better writers, triggering our brain into work mode. However, they can also start to wear us down, too. After the last few weeks, which have been a right proper whirlwind, I felt tired and dragging.
Now is the time to take a break. I could do that by taking a day or more completely off, but I really do love writing. Instead, I’m going to change things up so my brain feels fresh and ready to tackle something different.
I love writing about Aili and her adventures, as well as other characters in other books I’ve got on the go, but today was a good day to focus on editing another book I have close to publishing. The editing is going quickly and easily, a wonderful way to change things up. I still worked a little on Aili’s next adventure, but after that I set my stories aside and pulled out the romance novel. The first half is written and the second half is almost done. It’s more like two related stories, so I can tackle them separately.
I also let myself enjoy a different breakfast, just for pleasure, and didn’t start writing right away today. I’m slowly working throughout the day, giving myself as many breaks as I want. It’s a great way to decompress and relax after everything that went into getting my first book out.
Routine is powerful, but shouldn’t be put ahead of the actual writing. Use it to great benefit, but when you need a break, one way to get it is to let your routine change for a day. Write somewhere new, or at a different time. Enjoy a different drink while you write, or whatever you like.
Now, let your imagination play!
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.