Routines are very important to me, as a person with an Autism Spectrum disorder. My activities fall into routines even when I’m not trying to make that happen, and writing is a perfect example of that.
I start my day by dealing with all other responsibilities that I’ve got planned for that day. This includes checking my personal Facebook and email, responding to comments on sites like Livejournal and AO3, opening HabitRPG and catching up on the message board comments that I missed in my Camp NaNo cabin.
The above list is important to my patterns; I don’t skip any of these. I take care of emails and any posts that I need to add to those various sites, and then I hang out at my cabin until a word sprint presents itself.
I do not really write without doing so in word sprints; I just can’t focus and find words without it. This may be a problem once I no longer have sprinting buddies, but I hope to make progress throughout the month until I can just write on my own.
My writing usually starts later in the day, in the afternoon or evening. In theory, I could get more writing done by starting earlier, but I feel much better writing after my other tasks are done. Then I have the option of writing for as long as I want without having to interrupt myself.
After I’ve finished my writing for the day, I reread all of that day’s addition to my novel. I copy and paste any sentences that I really like into a separate document, and save and backup my work. The selected excerpts get re-read until I am able to choose one to spotlight here, and then I update my word counts and call my blog done for the day.
I imagine that my writing routine will evolve over time, but that is how I write, right now. Thanks, as always, for reading!
Today’s word count: 2,194
Total word count: 22,255
Today’s excerpt: She couldn’t tell anyone that she was a girl who was supposed to be dead. She couldn’t tell them that she had fallen through a mirror. Who was she, Alice in Wonderland?