Long time readers of the blog may have noticed that I have blogged six days out of the week (Monday-Saturday) for the past two weeks. This is highly unusual for me and you might be wondering why I made this change. Well, to be succinct, I’ve been wanting to change my writing habits for a while. I’ve wanted to follow the advice of one my professors who suggested that life as a PhD student would be much easier if you found a regular time to write that works you and you stuck to it.
Now, I have a lot of dedication, but I tend to be more mercenary with my time as an adult than as a child. As a child, I read every night from 10:00pm to 11:00 pm (my curfew) without fail. Even as an adult, I read regularly on my 30 min. breaks at the Public Library (17 years of regular reading).
Yet, as an adult I’ve written (creatively) on my lunch hour when I worked at Eastgate Public Library (the air conditioning was too cold, so I’d sit out in the car) and that’s how I wrote, revised, and published my first article. I’ve written short-stories at 7:00 pm (right after dinner), 8:00 pm, 8:30 pm, 2:00-4:00 pm, 5:00 pm (right before dinner), etc. My point is, unlike my reading habits, my writing habits have been much more scattered.
I’ve attempting to follow the advice by regularly writing this blog as I eat breakfast. This gives me a chance to collect my thoughts and put them down on (digital) paper before the day starts for me–no matter how hectic the day is. I’m finding that by doing this, I’ve been much more creative and I’m enjoying the writing process even more. I also try to keep the blog entries much shorter and tighter, and I try not to write more than 30 minutes (I’m actually at 35 mins. right now) in order to not to be too long-winded. Here’s hoping that I can keep up this routine as I really enjoy the effect that it is having on both my enjoyment of writing and the production of entries on this blog–and here’s hoping that I can find a way to transfer this technique to my creative writing.
I don’t know if you read the blog, but thanks for the advice, Dr. R! It has been really, really helpful!