The Importance of Routine

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is like saying, “I don’t want to.” –Lao Tzu

One of the greatest disciplines a writer can develop is sitting at their desks and writing every day, rain or shine. But I know life can often get in the way. There’s kids to be dropped off at school, chores to be done, lives to be lived.

To make it easier on yourself, it pays to create a set routine. For me, since it’s the time where I have little distractions, I prefer to write every day exactly at 8:00 AM. I feel refreshed knowing that I can go through the rest of the day without worrying about writing. I put in my time.

Is it any good? I don’t know. But I can’t let that distract me. I put a little ball of cotton on the backspace key to make sure I don’t get stuck in edit mode. All that matters is letting the words flow freely, without criticism. At least until I finish.

Some might say a routine stifles creativity. They hold out for inspiration to strike before jotting a single word on paper. But a routine brings out inspiration without having to wait.


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