It’s summer. At least school-wise it is summer. I’m only taking three classes which means that I have plenty of time to read, write, and watch anime. Well, I have to work but that’s besides the point.
Actually, no. It’s perfect.
Who knew that it’s possible to be busy even in the summer? Of course it’s easy to be busy within the summer because for us students, it’s almost impossible to get everything that we need to get done during the school year. As a full time double major I barely have time for sleep and eating (in fact almost didn’t eat for a full three days before someone asked the question). Truth is, we are all busy with something even if it’s doing nothing.
Thank you, Ernest Hemingway. You’ve summarized this post in one gif.
Making a routine can be difficult but it’s helpful (I’m writing this to help me as well so you’re not alone). When you have a routine and you push through it, you have the ability to control your progress. If you don’t have a routine you’ll probably end up lying about how you didn’t have any time to write (which you probably did but won’t admit it out of guilt). Little progress is better than no progress and no one wants no progress right? Of course not! I mean, why are you trying to write anyway?
Here’s how I usually go about finding a routine:
1. I look at my schedule. I’m free for most of time this early on in the summer, but I also have no writing routine. It’s time to fix that.
2. When do I work best? Ah, yes. I am night owl, but my sleep patterns suggest that I go to bed at 12 and wake up at 7:30. Great. I work best between 2 and 3 am and ironically when I’m sleep deprived. I don’t recommend trying to lose sleep in order to write.
3. Add in writing to my schedule. I usually write out my schedule when I’m busy but since I want my summer to be productive, I’m still going to write down my schedule.
If the routine that I have doesn’t really fit, I’ll change it up as soon as possible. Another important thing, it usually takes 14 days for a routine to become a habit so don’t delay and push through those fourteen days. Same for me, ha.
Setting up a routine doesn’t mean that you have to limit your writing to your designated time. What if an idea pops into your head right after you exit the movie theater? Not your designated time? WRITE. Making a time just allows you to write when you appear to not have any time to write.
Take the time to plan your story, create characters, write a short story, whatever during your writing time. Some progress is better no progress.