Routines matter for writers as for all creatives: they make for a systematic inner world  which allows things to happen without the need to re-invent the wheel every day. A routine consists of a whole lot of minor detail which adds up to getting on with the job of writing without thinking about stuff that’s pretty much irrelevant. I know I need exercise, clothes, nibbles, certain books, easy internet connection, transport, a loo, and so on. Those things are built into my routine so I don’t have to think about them. What I don’t need is much conversation before I work, aggravation, to be making plans, and anything that takes me out of routine. Sounds dull and boring, it is. Sounds self-centered, you bet. Sound well-worked out, absolutely.  Most prolific writers have routines like mine. There’s another advantage beyond your own need of such clear routines: those around you know where they are and what boundaries not to cross.  Work our your routine, refine it, guard it, stick with it and things will happen without effort…

Photo: Shamim Nakhaei