My Writing Routine By Susan Hanniford Crowley

I was talking to my older daughter and she was talking about Neil Gamin’s writing routine. That got me thinking.

First, I’ll start with pens. I’ve used a variety over the years often for their inspiring appearance and how they feel in my hand. My number one go-to pen is still the Uni-ball Deluxe Rollerball Pens, Fine Point (0.7mm), Black. I also use a thin pen with an amethyst crystal on top and a faux diamond topped pen.

Second, is the time I write.

  1. Ideally, I write as soon as I wake up since I write my books from dreams. Mornings especially before the rest of the family awakens is ideal.
  2. When I can’t do my ideal, as my life can be hectic at times, I write when I can. I’m fortunate that I’ve trained my mind to keep dreams in my head until I can get to pen and paper or a computer. I’ve written while in a doctor’s waiting room. I’ve written while in the hospital. I’ve written in hotel rooms at night after a conference. This is why I always keep a notebook and pens on me.
  3. All day with breaks. That happens when I’m deep in a novel and want to keep going.
  4. I have been inspired by music. I had seen the cello rendition of “Paint It Black” by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on the Netflix series Wednesday. I stayed up until one in the morning, playing it over and over, while I wrote a very intense battle scene in my next dragon book.

Third, is where I write.

  1. I did have an in-home office in the basement. I called it my dungeon. My family complained that they missed me with all the hours that I write, so I moved to a living room chair or the sofa.
  2. I tried having a desk in a corner of the bedroom. I also tried writing sitting on my bed to write. Both make me sleepy.
  3. Currently, I sit on the sofa with my laptop and write. I have the ability to completely zone in on my writing and not pay attention to the TV program the family is watching.
  4. I usually write in a journal and then transcribe it onto the computer. On rare occasions, I write a novel entirely on the computer. I have also written on a legal pad.
  5. Only you can determine the best place for you.

    Fourth, is how many days I write.

    I write every day. I do not keep a word count. I have as many as five manuscripts in process. Sometimes I write as much as I can on one and then switch to writing on another. Usually, my dreams start focusing on one and I write until I’m finished.

    Fifth, how I back up my books.

    1. I keep copies on Flash or thumb drives.
    2. I email them in progress to my editor with the note “Keep Safe.” I have her permission to do this.
    3. I emailed them to myself.
    4. I print them out and put them into a binder. This comes in handy for editing. |

    When you become a writer, you choose your own process. Have fun with this! Stay safe, my friends!


Susan Hanniford Crowley

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About Susan Hanniford Crowley

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Author
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