Writing Wednesday, Page Per Day Challenge: When will you write?

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March 15, 2011

For those of us doing the Page Per Day Challenge, and for anyone who writes daily: when (and where) do you write?

When you are committed to writing every day, you need to plan where and when you will do your daily writing. Knowing when you’ll be able to write makes it less likely you’ll get to the end of the day with your page still blank.

It’s important to be realistic about your expectations of when and where you will write. For example if your evenings are very busy with activities, dinner, cleanup, helping with homework etc. that might not be your best writing time. If you know when you’ll have some downtime, you can plan to grab a few minutes to write. (One of the advantages of writing only one page each day is that it doesn’t take much time out of your day.)

I carry my daily book with me everywhere, and write little bits at a time in it as the day goes on. This works much better for me than writing it all at once in the evenings. Usually by evening time I’m tired and I don’t feel like writing. Also putting it off to the end of the day makes it likely it won’t get done.

But on the flip side, plenty of people enjoy the end-of-day writing ritual. It’s a pleasant way to wind down and reflect at the end of the day.

Alternatively, some people like to do Morning Pages where they open their book and write first thing in the morning when their mind is clear.

For other people, the after-lunch lull is a good time to reconnect with yourself and take a mid-day writing break.

The bottom line is, write whenever you feel like writing, and make it a habitual part of your day.

When do you like to write?

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