February 10th, 2018
I love early mornings – always have. That time of day when there’s hardly anyone else around, when the birds are waking up and the air is clear and clean. Especially after rain.
For me, it’s the best time of day for doing just about anything, especially going for walks on the beach or in the bush. Which makes things complicated, because there’s only a certain amount of early morning, and only a certain number of things I can fit into it.
Right now, I’m trying to make writing one of those things.
It’s all about self-discipline. Last Friday, I started trying to write the beginning of Haunted Warriors (The Rogues #3), and because beginnings are always hard, I was endlessly distracted. It was far too easy to turn to email and the internet and everything else, and I didn’t get much further than the first line.
So now I’m trying something new. Early morning writing. In bed.
Here’s my new routine, at least for the next couple of weeks: get up, turn off the internet, feed Harry (top priority for at least one person in this household), have a quick walk around the garden, make a cup of tea, grab the laptop and take it and the cup of tea back to bed. Write.
It’s always been one of my favourite times for writing. Years ago, I used to wake up, sit up, grab a writing pad and pen from beside my bed and write whatever came into my head for ten minutes. It was good discipline, and it taught me a lot about writing.
This is different, because I’m trying to write a novel rather than just writing practice. But I think it will help, all the same. Maybe it’s just changing routine. Maybe it’s the quietness. Maybe it’s Harry’s company. 🙂
I’ll see how I go this week, and report back next Sunday.
Lian Tanner has been dynamited while scuba diving and arrested while busking. She once spent a week in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, hunting for a Japanese soldier left over from the Second World War. Nowadays she lives by the beach in southern Tasmania with a large fluffy tomcat called Harry-le-beau.More about Lian