New writing regimen

I started a new writing regimine tonight that I hope will help me write more consistently. I outlined a schedule where I would write for at least one hour each evening of the week, usually between 7-8 PM. During this time, I go into the office, close and close the door. I shut down all communications with the outside world: cell phone, email, IM, etc. and for that hour, all I do is write. The key is two fold:

1. Consistency: doing the same thing every night at about the same time.
2. Having a plan: I try to have a plan about what it is I want to achieve in that hour.

Tonight, for instance, I wanted to restart my work on “The Graveyard Shift” and my goal was to completely rewrite the first two sections of the strory. This I did, completing about 1,600 words in an hour and I now have an opening with which I am very pleased.

I am trying to treat writing more like a job (one which I love) and have outlined a total of about 15 hours a week in which I will be engaged in activities related to writing. My hope is that this improves both the quality of what I write, as well as my output. Stay tuned to see how well this actually works.

I am through about 128 page of The Passage of the Light and I hope to be finished by Wednesday. On Wednesday, I am supposed to receive the book that I ordered from Amazon, It’s Superman: A Novel and I am very much looking forward to that.

I shoveled a path to the car, earlier this evening. I also knocked off most of the snow that had accumulated on the car. Afterward, I went for a walk around the neighborhood, mainly to get some air since I’ve been couped up in the house all weekend.

Looking forward to heading up to New York next weekend.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.