July 18, 2016
Routineology – Bill White
My routine changes with each project. For “Cry,” I waited each night for my wife to sleep, then wrote my daily chapter, which took between two and three hours. In the morning I edited and posted it. I always follow a fixed routine, a practice that originated when I was an arts columnist for the Seattle PI. I attended the event in the evening and wrote the review first thing the next morning. After ten years, I realized I was capable of writing 500 words a day on any subject, giving me the confidence to write “The Goners,” for JukePop Serials. My routine for the novel was simple. I would wake up three hours before my wife, write the chapter, then go about my daily duties. I have to write either before the day begins or after it ends, for the in between is to full of ordinary activities to function on any other level. Of course, a writer’s job is 24/7. The mind is always formulating the material to be written, but the actual writing muse done in absolute solitude with no distractions. My workspace is a desk with a computer and chair in an otherwise empty room.