How did I translate this to writing? Normally, I’d make the mistake of writing for eight to ten hours as the so-called muse struck. Inspiration is great. If you have the energy, go for it. My mistake was doing that and then being stuck for the next three days.
I set an alarm. When the time was up, I’d get up and do something physical. Generally, it’s housework. Or just walking around the house or in the yard. I used anything that got me away from the piece I was working on. I have two gardens and occasionally I’ll putter in the vegetable one or the flower one, depending on my mood. My husband greatly appreciates it when I remember to weed the flower garden.
So what lessons have I taken away from this experience? Build your time up slowly, don’t neglect your physical health, and don’t try to do too much at once. Even if I am just itching to finish what I was working on. Once that alarm goes off, it is time to take a break. The best part about that, is if I write a brief sentence summarizing what I wanted to do, I already have inspiration for the next bout of writing!
I think those of us who want to write have to find our own ways to settle into it, but I feel like a schedule is a source of stability for someone who does not have a particular routine already built in. Humans are creatures of habit and it does us good to build positive ones.