Take a Writing Day

If you have a daily writing routine, congratulations. However, sometimes routines can put you into a rut. So it’s good to shake up your writing routine by doing what I call a writing day. A writing day is a day that you set aside to write. It’s like a small writing retreat. You change your location first of all. I often go to a library. If you can, and the weather works for you, you could go to a park or even out in a boat. It’s up to you. The idea here is to change the routine briefly so that you get a fresh look at things. Your choice of location for your writing day should include places that reduce or eliminate distractions. They should be places that allow you to focus only on your writing. Sometimes that is all you need.

A writing day doesn’t have to be a full day. If you can’t do a full day, do half a day. Even a few hours will be good. Work on your writing pieces in the library, a park, a boat on a lake, or just in your back yard. The point is to move from your usual location and write somewhere else for a day, a half day or a couple of hours. Spend the time with your writing and not other people, if that works for you. All you need is whatever method you use to write, laptop, tablet, smart phone, paper and pen or pencil. Gather up your writing and go somewhere and work.

Personally, I visit the library. I pack up my laptop and go to the library. I’ve done writing in a study room in the library of the university campus where I went to school. I’m cut off from Wi-Fi there. The room is small and devoid of distractions, which helps enormously. Public libraries are also good for this purpose. Turning off the wi-fi on your own patio can help. Eliminate the distractions and change the routine. That can even help you to overcome writer’s block, should that be an issue for you.

Where you go on your writing day is up to you. It’s your writing day. Don’t plan to do anything but write on your writing day, if you can. That will help you get going. Set yourself a goal, whether to complete five pages, or a few thousand words. Go somewhere and write. Plan ahead. Take a picnic. If your local library allows food, take a lunch. If not, plan for a break and take it. Obviously, you are not going to be writing every minute, just plan for the times you will be writing and go for it.

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I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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