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Writing Routines

It appears many of the writers who covered this top this month are just as haphazard as me. Discipline is one of those things I still struggle with and work at. I may spend an entire writing day and only get 1K out, but then on a day I’m working the day job, I’ll end up pushing out over 3K between eight and eleven at night.

While my writing schedule is rather consistent, my output isn’t.  I usually have six dedicated writing days every month (not counting weekends). I still put in 27 to 36  hours a week at my day job. The rest of my time is dedicated to my husband, magick, gardening, reading, and, of course, writing.

The routine is that I sit down in front of the computer and write. If I have to turn off the Internet connection in order to force myself to write, I do it. That’s about it.

I wish it were more complicated or glamorous, but it isn’t. You either make time for writing (whether consistent or inconsistent) and do it, or you don’t.  Of course this doesn’t even begin to cover my compulsion to write. The bizarre truth is that even if I didn’t have an established routine, I’d find myself compelled to write at odd hours and would make the time to get the stories, characters, ideas and thoughts out of my head.

What is your writing routine like?

About The FM Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour

Today’s post was inspired by the topic Writing Routines. This month’s topic in the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers and read their thoughts on Writing Routines, check out the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour. I blog with this tour the 25th of every month.

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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