Building a Daily Writing Habit: The Power of Routine

Mini-Episode #1 – January 29, 2024

Dive into the heart of a writer’s journey with Jonathan Franzone in our first mini-episode of Writing On Caffeine, where we tackle the daunting quest of “Building a Daily Writing Habit.” Uncover the transformative power of routine and learn how to turn the blank page into a canvas of endless possibilities, one day and one word at a time. Tune in as we brew up some inspiration, share practical tips to conquer the inertia of creativity, and take the first steps toward making writing a natural part of your daily life.

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Welcome to a mini-episode of Writing On Caffeine. I’m Jonathan Franzone, your fellow writer and guide, navigating the same choppy waters of the writing life right alongside you. Today, we’re embarking on the first step of our mini-series, “Building a Daily Writing Habit,” with an episode that hits close to home for me: The Power of Routine.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve felt the sting of a blank page staring back at you, the days slipping by without a single word written. It’s not from a lack of love for writing or a shortage of ideas, but from the struggle to make writing a consistent part of our daily lives. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve struggled against the inconsistent currents of inspiration, searching for a steady pace in my creative journey.

But here’s a little nugget of truth I’ve discovered on this journey: the magic of writing isn’t just in the grandeur of our ideas but in the power of showing up. You need a writing routine. Think of it like this: If you only run when you feel like it, you might never make it around the block. But if you run every morning, rain or shine, soon you’ll be prepping for a marathon.

But how do you establish a writing routine that sticks? First, pinpoint your most creative time of day. Are you a morning person, letting your ideas brew with your first cup of coffee? Or do you find your flow late at night, when the world is asleep?

And what about our writing space? It doesn’t need to be a serene oasis (though that’s always nice), but it should signal to our brain, “It’s time to write.” Whether it’s a corner of your dining table or a desk by the window, make it your own.

Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room—the overwhelming pressure of the blank page. Starting is often the hardest part. So set a small, manageable goal for each session. It could be as simple as writing for 15 minutes or getting down 100 words. The idea is to make it so easy you can’t say no.

Now, I hear some of you saying, “But what about those days when I just can’t?” Here’s where the magic of routine really shines. On days when inspiration seems a continent away, your routine is the bridge that gets you there. It’s not about striking gold every day; it’s about sifting through the sand to find it.

To wrap up, remember that your routine should serve you, not the other way around. Be flexible and adjust as needed. Life happens, and that’s okay. The important thing is to get back to it the next day.

So, what’s one small step you can take today to start building your writing routine? I’d love for you to share your thoughts with us on. You can send email to loading... , or search for Writing on Caffeine on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram. Let’s take this journey together, one day, one word at a time.

Thank you for joining me for this cup of Writing On Caffeine. Next time, we’ll explore “Setting Achievable Goals” to keep our writing on track. Until then, keep your coffee strong and your narratives stronger!