For years, I had a solid regimen of working on WIP's or other true writing labors. Only after two to four hours of creative writing would I check my inbox to see what was flapping in the breeze on a given day. Following that, I would devote such time as was available to the painful (for me) art of promotion of my published books.
Lately, I've not been able to do that. When I sit at my computer, supposedly ready to create, nothing coherent comes out, and I spin my wheels worrying about the blogs, promos, or whatever else I felt needs to be done. Thus, my question: should a writer develop a routine that is 'written in stone', or should we go with the flow.
I'm an enigma in some ways, long on organization other than my writing, and short on inventiveness (is that a word?). When it comes to writing, I'm a definite pantser and I hate pre-planned plots with a passion. If my brain can't keep up with all the characters running wild in there, I don't deserve to call myself a writer. Don't get me wrong; I do lay out plot elements as I go, making sure all the threads of my fiction tapestry are pulled into place.
I realize that this monologue is not strictly about YA writing, but I think it is apropos in general. One thing I should add. Lately, I've been successful at creative writing in the afternoon. That never happened before, so I'm not sure whether to realign my daily scheme. For now, I will. I have several projects at a point where they need daily attention, one of them the second in my mystery series. The first book has a date certain for publication, so the second one has to be ready for the editors in time to keep on schedule. Now that should light a fire under my derriere, wouldn't you say? LOL
I'd like to hear from all of you about how you orgainize your writing day. Leave a comment if you can, so I can see how the other side lives. Meanwhile, happy writing and reading!