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 Dunlap

First, if I’m going to spend time away from my family for my creative endeavors, it needs to be worthwhile. Once the objective has cleared that hurdle, I outline the structure in a notebook so I can see it all from a distance. Then I flesh it out in Evernote one chapter at a time in bullet points, story beat by story beat. READ MORE

Routineology – Nate Ragolia

Writing is as much about repetition as it is about inspiration. When I was in high school, I used to linger on the romantic thought that the “muse” comes along and fuels the writer’s fire. In truth, I forceREAD MORE

Routineology – Lisa Torem

Hemingway’s felines pummeled his scalp as he created epic novels. My tuxedo snuggles against a faux leopard print tablecloth as I face a sickly, pale screen. After gulping down my iced mocha, I peck out the usual heading, priming the writing pump. This routine coaxes the blood to my fingers, forcing me to befriend this cold machine.READ MORE

Routineology – Charlotte Eriksson

I’ve grown a ritual in waking up at 6am every morning. It’s the silence and the stillness, the way I hear my thoughts better when the rest of the world is asleep. I make coffee, open the windows and start writing. READ MORE

Routineology – Douglas Cowie

Routine, routine, routine, routine, routine. Routine is everything to me when I’m working on a writing project. I get up, I eat breakfast, I take my coffee to my study, I put on music, I look over myREAD MORE

Routineology – Shaunn Grulkowski

I wish I had a routine. Routines make things easier. If I had them, I’d be a better writer, be in better shape, and be more than seventy percent sure where my keys are at any given moment. As it stands, I justREAD MORE

Routineology – Benjamin Mills

I work from home, and struggle to stick to a definite routine. I tend to start work in the morning and just keep working until other life responsibilities start to seep back in at the edges. I’m a sometimeREAD MORE