Writing Routines

When I visit schools and libraries, the inevitable comment arises from aspiring authors (adults and children alike):  I want to write, but I can’t get started. Sometimes they say it’s hard to find the inspiration or motivation to write.  Well, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration,” as Thomas Edison said. It may not sound glamorous, but in my experience I’ve seen that writing is about routine. If you sit around waiting for inspiration to wash over you, you may be sitting there for quite some time!

Writing every day is key, setting aside a regular time of day—even if it’s just for an hour—even if you don’t really feel like it. Before you know it, you’ll see that you can create your own inspiration and motivation. I don’t have to wait for inspiration anymore. When I’m writing actively, it comes when I call it—while I’m writing and throughout the day.

Set aside some time every day just for your writing, and write no matter what. It’s not as romantic as waking up in the middle of the night and writing your heart out in a fury of inspiration until the sun rises, but I bet you’ll get a lot more writing done!

Tina Turbin



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