I reclaimed my O-Dark Thirty writing routine last month. This means that instead of lounging in bed until the last possible minute, I get up every day at 5:30 to write.
My goal is modest: two pages per day. Most days I write more. Some days I'm lucky to bang out a page. If I don't make my quota, I don't sweat it. Either way I'm moving my story forward.
What makes this routine work?
1. Except for Kirby the hamster, no one else is moving around that time of day which means my writing time is my own.
2. The regular routine keeps my story close enough to the surface that when I'm ready to play, my characters are, too.
3. I live to write and write to live. If I go too long without communing with my characters, they get cranky and I get crabby.
4. Writing every day is my way of thumbing my nose at chaos and keeping the mugwump muzzled.