This is one thing I struggle with. I can’t get into a routine to write. I write as and when I have time or feel like it. Very bad I know.
I recently read a book that helped me. This book by Rachel Aaron, ‘2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love,’ changed one thing for me that has helped. Of course, I’m nowhere near writing 10 000 words a day, I can barely manage 1000 a week. But the one big piece of advice I took from that was plotting.
For my first book, I pretty much winged it. I had a vague idea of what the story was but, as I wrote it, it became something completely different. I don’t know how well that worked for me – but judging from the amount of rejections I’ve gotten, I’d say it didn’t turn out so well.
Anyway, for the second book – which, incidentally, relies on the first because it’s a series – I have a much more concrete timeline. What the book helped me realise is that I should be plotting each scene before I write it. I used to hate the thought of that kind of planned out writing, but since I actually tried it, I’ve found that I’ve been writing more.
The other advice, that is probably obvious, is to find where and when you write the best. I’ve found the best place and time for me is on the morning I have to go to work first thing in the morning – due to many reasons I end up there an hour early, so I take either my laptop or iPad, which ever I feel like lugging all the way there. The quiet, distraction free environment forces me to write. There is internet access, but I don’t have the same need to surf the net as I do at home. I haven’t tried other early morning locations, but I probably should.
But it’s like I wait for that one day to do all my writing and forget about the other 6 days of the week.
I guess it’s just about finding what works for you and making sure you stick to it.