Carving out time–actual minutes and hours–to write is really only half the battle when it comes to establishing a regular writing routine. At least for me. Tuning into the writing means checking my “lifely” concerns at the door. The stuff of my real life buzzed all around my brain today: the two big pieces I’m writing at work; my son’s first day back at preschool after the break (I forgot his backpack); the new kitchen counters we’re installing; the cat’s vet appointment; the outrageous price of gas at the pump this morning.
When I sat down to write, I took three deep breaths and pushed all the noise out of my mind. I switched frequencies to the page before me and all that it had to teach. After I hit “save,” I returned to the world, calmer and more centered. Not a bad habit to get into.