This past week, my second book, The Secret Sauce: Essential Ingredients to Exceptional Teaching was released. One of the things that I always struggle with in my writing process is finding the time to write. I’ve often been asked the question, “How do you write?” With a family obligations, job responsibilities, and a full list of other tasks that need to be completed, I try to squeeze in writing in short bursts. Five minutes here, ten minutes there.
While the short bursts tend to work well for blog posts, writing a book is a different beast entirely. In writing both books, I was most successful when I woke up very early (sometimes as early as 4:30am). For three or four months, I made this my daily routine.
Get up early and write. On some occasions, I’d write as much as 700 words, frantically writing until I had to get ready for work. Some mornings, I would struggle and only get to a few paragraphs.
Success was found in the consistency of a daily writing routine. Whether I had a good day or a bad day after writing, I always had a good day because I had already written for the day.
Purpose before pancakes. Waking, then writing. A consistent routine to ensure that I was being productive.