A project-based study of creative routine featuring writer-produced videos, photos, and essays. From inspiration to realization this vulnerable analysis of writing reveals familiar patterns of ambition and apprehension. Share your process and join the conversation.


  1. Write a 200-word essay describing your routine.
  2. Record a 30-second video documenting your routine or capture 1 photo detailing your routine.
  3. Submit via Submittable.

Routineology – Ryan Hash

Evenings are writing time. But I use OneNote incessantly. Loved ones don’t always appreciate the app’s handiness; especially when they’re trying to talk to you at a party, or they’re woken at 3am by the light from your iPhone.READ MORE

Routineology – Andre Clemons

As far as my routine goes, I tend to think very cinematically. Each story I visualize as playing out on the screen in my mind’s eyes, and my job is to put down to pen the story that’s forming in my brain. READ MORE

Routineology – Celinda Bickner

My routine constantly changes and I think that’s why it works for me. I wake up with dialogue rattling around in my brain. I take a few minutes in the morning to purge my thoughts to a note before I get ready for work. I found dictating on my phone or tablet works for me. READ MORE

Routineology – M. Howalt

Wherever I go and whatever I do, my muses tag along as a constant trickle of ideas in my head. In the evening, the trickle becomes a stream, and I dream up more solid characters, plots and specific scenes or sentences before I fall asleep. Once in a while, they are actual dreams. I write notes on Post-its, in notebooks, on whatever paper I have handy. READ MORE

Routineology – Kathy Joy

As a stay at home parent of a young child, it can be hard to find time to write. All attempts at following a schedule have failed abysmally. Why? Well, my day usually goes like this: READ MORE

Routineology – Jonelle Strickland

I write in my car parked in front of great houses. Then I go inside and tutor the great house’s children. When the car is in motion, I write until I am carsick. Then I pop in a ginger tablet, and I write some more. I open my laptop when my children are sleeping. Then I close it when it’s time to get up. I used to write while I was breastfeeding. I don’t recommend that. I don’t do that anymore. READ MORE

Routineology – Alex Clark-McGlenn

I like to tell anyone who calls me an old man (I’m 29), “the preparation for tomorrow is today,” that’s why I have a strict bedtime of 11, and set my alarm for 7:30 each morning. READ MORE

Routineology – J.A. Waters

Wake up. So I do. And I have no recollection of my dreams. I can’t remember the last time I remembered a dream with any kind of clarity. But there’s a hint. A fuzzy remembrance of elsewhere and differences. Of reasons to exist. Stories. They need a moment’s attention. READ MORE

Routineology – Laura Morrison

I have no routine. I am almost always in the mood to write, but I am also almost always in the middle of a million other things that I need to do instead. Life is like that when you’re pretending to be a grownup. So, I do the stuff that needs doing, and whenever I have some time I sit down and write. READ MORE