Today’s writing prompt will help you envision the best writing routine for yourself so that you become a better and more efficient writer. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it.

Today’s Writing Prompt: The Best Writing Routine

Today, imagine the writing routine you want each day, then write about it. Write about it as if you’re going through the motions of the routine in real-time, right now. Doing this will help you envision and fine-tune the writing routine that is best suited for you and your lifestyle. And if you already have a writing routine, writing about it intentionally this way will help you further solidify what’s working for you, as well as help you work out any kinks in your current writing routine that are holding you up or not working.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

My Writing Routine, by K.E. Creighton

Before I do anything in the morning, I go downstairs and brew a cup of coffee. While the coffee is brewing, I skim the news headlines and other notifications that popped up on my phone overnight to make sure there was nothing urgent that came through.

Then I go into my office next to the kitchen and turn on my computer that’s sitting on a standing desk. Each day, I like to make it a point to stand for at least one hour after waking up before I sit again, regardless of how tired I may be. It helps wake me up and focus. I’m not really a morning person, but the mornings usually offer me the best pockets of uninterrupted time to write, so I have learned how to make it work. My eyes are barely open half the time, but the second the computer screen lights up, and the coffee starts to kick in, I perk up a bit.

I already have what I’m going to write each morning sorted out no later than the night before the morning I’m going to write it. This way I’m ready to jump in and start writing whatever’s on the agenda to write for the day immediately. I don’t ever have to waste time thinking about what I’m going to write when I’m ready to write.

Sometimes the first paragraph or two I write first thing in the morning isn’t that great. But the process of writing itself wakes up my brain and before I know it an hour has already passed.

Then, after an hour or so of writing first thing in the morning, I get dressed and eat breakfast, then continue writing what’s on the agenda to write for the day. It’s common that I write at least 500 words by eight o’clock most mornings. And that I have all my writing for the day done by lunchtime. Then, after lunchtime, I read and do chores or run errands, or spend time with my dogs, friends, or family if it’s a weekend.

I repeat this writing routine every single day. Some days I work outside of my home office at the library or a coffee shop, after I get dressed and eat breakfast. And some days I only write before breakfast. Either way, however, I make it a priority to write at least 500 words every single morning before I eat breakfast.

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Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt

Completing this writing prompt will help you solidify your writing routine. Having a solid writing routine will keep you writing no matter what, every single day, which is what will make you a writer. Remember the words of the author, Jodi Picoult, “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

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One comment

  1. Every morning is the same routine. I rise around 7-8 AM and after devotionals, I make breakfast for myself and my two sons, both adults with autism. My wife has always been a morning person, thus her days begin at 5 AM, after a one-hour commute to work. I shower and let my son watch his usual groupings of educational children’s shows.
    Once my youngest son is cleaned up, I send him next door to grandma to play with his brother, my middle son. Sometimes I make lunch, other times grandma makes lunch. I try to clear my emails and play some Lumosity prior to watching Jeopardy. Lunch soon follows, and my day of chores and errands commences.
    Writing has always been a big part of my life, probably most in high school, since I was on the school newspaper for 3 years. I started on the news page, followed by feature/editorial page, and finally the sports page. I was named sports editor my senior year, and thoroughly enjoyed setting the layout and editing the articles!
    My discovery of the reprinting of articles into Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn just fed my desire to learn and write even more! I was always told to write what you know. Although my life was much more interesting in the past, keeping up with modern times and events has proven to be just as much fun!
    The afternoon is completed once I have put together at least 3 short stories with prompts. I truly love taking a prompt and turning it into a short story, especially if it involves my favorite genre, international espionage! Even just a simple crime story or a sweet rom-com has quite a bit of appeal for most writers!
    My day begins to wind down as my wife comes home. I usually run errands and do some shopping before dinner. Once dinner is done, my wife and I discuss the events of the day, and spend a little down time together. By 8, she is usually ready for bed. I often have things to button up before I head for bed about 9-10.
    Our sponsor from my journalism days had a saying he used nearly every day- “Names make news”. I have found that although newspapers are great for reporting current events, there is a great challenge to be found in creative writing. To be original and entertaining at the same time is something most writers strive for, and hope to accomplish. This is my hope as well!

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