I am trying to get my writing routine down. I am a morning person so I definitely get more done at the beginning of the day as opposed to the end. Of course I have more to do than just write. The people and animals that live in my house demand my attention first thing in the morning too. I have made a point of getting up early to get my stuff done so I can have the time to write.
I try to make a list (at least in my head) of what I want to get done in a day. I also set a time by which I need to be writing or revising. My biggest problem is transitioning from the practical to the creative. I have not done a great job of training the two sides of my brain to shut on and off at will. It takes a lot of work to get my practical brain to shut up. I do appreciate this part of my brain, as it does help to get a lot done and tends to work at a high rate of speed. Can anyone say Adult ADD? It definitely is the dominant side of my brain and isn’t thrilled when I decide to let the creative side take over.
The creative side of my brain, my lovely muse, works at the speed of molasses in North Dakota during a harsh winter. She definitely takes some warming up. Poking and prodding tends to not work with her. She has her own timing and if annoyed will go off in a corner to play solitaire or nap. While the practical side of my brain is jumping up and down to be given back the reins because she can think of about a million things we could be doing like pay the bills, do the laundry, go to Target, and don’t we have mail to sort? Ugh.
I have learned some exercises to do to make my muse cooperate in the writing classes I am taking at hollylisle.com. They definitely help. I am curious what do you do to make your creative side work or does your practical brain give you trouble? Love to hear from you. Leave a comment below!
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