Writing At Your Own Pace

HoneyMoonK 015A lot of writing advice focuses on getting you to write every day, or to finish that first draft. Many books and blogs advise jumping in and getting that first step done.

I’m at a different point in my writing. I think that as long as you are putting words in, on a regular basis, and you’re happy with the pace of your output — you’re on the right path.

If you want to pump out three or four 100,000 word novels a year; then yes, daily writing is probably your best bet. But if you’re happy to just be working on a story when you feel like it, do what works for you.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve had to re-evaluate my pace a little in recent years. Health, dayjobs which currently pay the bills and family have had to come first; and I’ve found it a little trickier to sit down and get the writing done. In general though, I have a fairly good sense of my rhythms, and after consistently completing two novels a year, I feel confident in my own writing routines.

This month, I’ve barely written anything – two of my works-in-progress are with beta-readers, and I’m flitting between two unfinished manuscripts and a new story idea. I trust my process enough not to force writing daily, but this weekend I’m sitting down to write a short piece even though I feel blocked. It’s been a little too long since the words came easily, so back to discipline and routine it is.

How do you break free of writing ruts?

3 responses to “Writing At Your Own Pace

  1. If I’m in a rut I cannot force myself to sit and write. It makes me feel worse because I sit and stare at a blank screen for what feels like hours. Although I like the idea of sitting and writing daily, my last two attempts at daily writing across a single month have both failed. Miserably. I find I can write huge amounts (10-15,000 words) in a day, and then take a few days rest before even wanting to write again.

    But getting out of a rut is hard. I tend to attempt some free writing (take a word/prompt and just write whatever comes to mind) or read through writing advice blogs/ magazines/ books. I like surrounding myself with writing, even if I am not putting words down. Flick through my writing thoughts journal, or look at prompts on Pinterest.

    If all else fails I tend to read. An old favourite. A book I admired for the writing.


    • I have completed daily writing challenges, but the results weren’t even really salvageable and I grew to hate it. Reading is great idea for breaking that rut. 🙂

      • Id rather take a few days break than hate something I write. I do go through the hate phase in my writing but not the writing process itself. I found reading fuels my writing, so its a great way for me personally to get out of a slump.

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