Routine Busters

Tomorrow I’m up at an ungodly hour to fly to Barcelona.

In part to see the brilliant Sharon Van Etten in concert. And in part because I’m too comfortable. It’s winter. I spend a lot of time in my little apartment reading, writing, baking apple crumble and chatting to the cat. This is a very pleasant way to pass the time but it does little for my writing. As writers — and as human beings — it is easy to get stuck.

There are benefits to routine but too often we slide into it and forget to break out.

You don’t have to get on a plane to shake things up. You don’t even have to leave your house, really. But you do have to do something different. If you’re stuck in a rut, try one of these routine busters:

1. Get up early. Cook your favourite dinner (including dessert). Eat it for breakfast.
2. Read a long, in-depth political article written by someone with whom you violently disagree.
3. Have a 24-hour social media fast.
4. Have an actual 24-hour fast.
5. Write something in a genre you’ve never tried before… sci-fi, erotica, inspirational, or maybe just a nice sonnet.

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