I posted a brief article on "The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine" on my blog. There is a link in the blog article to the complete article for members who wish to read more on the subject.
Interesting article. I guess there are as many routines as there are writers (or creatives in general) The likes of Jeffry Archer has a 9-5 routine which works for him. I work on the 'itch' method. A nagging itch to write needs scratching so I get on with it, time of day or night irrelevant. Force it and it becomes a chore with little progress. I have three itches, writing, painting and now sculpture. The huge morphing pile of clay on my kitchen table beckons me and as soon as fed ex dumps another load of clay on my doorstep I'll get on with it. Took my external hard drive to some bloke in town to hopefully retrieve the data. Fifty fifty chance he reckons. I'm not feeling lucky today. Everything useful is 99% double backed up but the work in progress first few chapters of the new Drifta's Quest isn't. Yeah,I know. I'm a doofus. Ok, most is stored in my neck-top computer but do I have the energy to access it it?? I do get weary of some who maybe do A book then spend all their time concerned with royalties, building ethernet fan bases and marketing rather than actually writing and then preaching to others how to do it. Whatever your routines, just get on with it!
Last Edit: Apr 9, 2019 2:07:27 GMT -8 by unclegarf
I knew it! Data lost. Gotta re-do those missing chapters. I need a realignment of my neck-top computer, a full lube job with whiskey and what's left of my teeth to be gritted. Just wait until that itch becomes unbearable....!
Last Edit: Apr 9, 2019 8:46:55 GMT -8 by unclegarf
I've had computer disks crash on me and now I have an auto-backup to a portable hard drive of 3 terabytes so that each time a file is changed it is backed up. To restore I backup to a named folder on my new computer and there is my stuff to do with as I want.
Live and learn, hey? The only thing I've lost is the work in progress. Perhaps it's a sign from the gods of creativity that I should give up on this writin' lark and do other stuff. I'll let the itch decide.
Last Edit: Apr 10, 2019 12:04:18 GMT -8 by unclegarf
I've been sculpturising away, trying to make E T look more like a beautiful woman. Might settle for E T. That said, I'm sure the dogged and determined 'itch' to write is festering away and will burst out one day.
Ted brought up the concept of routine and planning. I'm sure I read about something like that before. I think I even tried it once on a slack day in 1979. Not saying that turned me to drink but it was probably a factor. I will get up each day, throw paint, clay and typos about with recklessness bordering on criminal and be happier for it. Now you good folk cajole yourselves into whatever routine you want, but at the end of the day, make it happen. Go write something!