The importance of establishing a routine inclusive of time for writing cannot be underestimated.

After a month of coughs, colds, flu, and other minor - yet highly disruptive - ailments I'm now left wondering where to begin as I contemplate playing the catch-up game.

The easiest place to begin would be to write up a 'To Do' list. Normally I would dive right in and scribble one up on my whiteboard, but at the moment even that seems daunting!

So, in desperate need of a bit of motivation I took my first step to getting back on track and chanced upon the following quote:

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.
Mike Murdock 

I had no idea who Mike Murdock was until I did a quick Google search after finding these words of wisdom, and although he appears to be quite a controversial character I definitely feel this quote has some relevance to my pursuit of a writing career.

The second step was writing this blog post. Initially I discarded the idea of writing on this topic, however I changed my mind for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this has been one huge pothole on my road to becoming a writer. Secondly, when I read other people's blog they're often filled with stories of success - my hope is that other beginning writers who have hit the same stumbling block will take comfort in knowing that I have experienced a similar problem too. 

If you are one of those people stuck in rut make sure that you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again as I'm sure the end result will provide you with an immense sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. 

I'll keep you posted on how I get on! 

And on that note I'll end with one final quote...

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
Mary Anne Radmacher 


  1. I've been making sure to establish time to write (otherwise the characters in my WIP try to yell at me).

  1. For me it tends to go through troughs and peaks and I have to ride one out and make the most of the other. I find it very hard to force myself to go against the grain. I write losts of to do lists though, just for the thrill of eventually clearing them.


  1. Hi Alleged, that's what I've been finding too. I don't want to let the characters remain as just a lot of scribbled notes in a notebook.

  1. Hi Mooderino, I too am finding it a bit challenging. It's nice to get some insight into your plan of attack. I think it's helped to relieve some of the pressure I've been putting on myself. Perhaps I should just go with the flow :)

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