A Writers Daily Routine – Four Examples

Daily RoutineAfter a break from writing (see my earlier post about taking a break during August) it’s important to set up a writing routine again. I don’t know about you,but I get distracted unless I map my day out and be pretty tough on myself to see things through. Working from home can mean routines get pushed to the sidelines, they are easily interrupted with a promise to ‘do that later’ and later never arrives. Whilst I’ve been psyching myself up by searching about routines, I came across the daily routines of successful writers.

EB White for example believed that you just have to get on with it. He usually wrote in his living room, often with his wife cleaning around him, unperturbed it seems, by distractions.

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou would write for the morning, have a shower. She would then spend the rest of the day doing shopping, cooking, entertaining and then and only then would she look at her mornings work.


Don De Lillo also writes in the morning and then goes for a run. He finds the difference in the two activities helps bring space to his writing, before he returns to it later in the afternoon.

My personal favourite is that of Henry Miller, who wrote this ‘blueprint’ for his writing.


If groggy, type notes and allocate, as stimulus.

If in fine fettle, write.


Work of section in hand, following plan of section scrupulously. No intrusions, no diversions. Write to finish one section at a time, for good and all.


See friends. Read in cafés.

Explore unfamiliar sections — on foot if wet, on bicycle if dry.

Write, if in mood, but only on Minor program.

Paint if empty or tired.

Make Notes. Make Charts, Plans. Make corrections of MS.

Note: Allow sufficient time during daylight to make an occasional visit to museums or an occasional sketch or an occasional bike ride. Sketch in cafés and trains and streets. Cut the movies! Library for references once a week.

So, what’s your daily routine and how does it work for you?

Until Later,

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