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Back into the swing of things

It’s been about three weeks since I was in a routine of writing every day and my fingers and researcher’s mind have been itching to get back into it.

Not that I didn’t enjoy the break after finishing up at the newspaper, but with Christmas and New Year’s now behind us and pretty much most of Brisbane trekking back to the workplace today I thought it was time I joined them.

When I first sat at my desk this morning, I was a bit overwhelmed with what to do first. There’s a few fiction competitions I want to enter this year, plus a lot of non-fiction I need to write and submit so I can hopefully start to make a living from this freelance pursuit.

At the moment I’m working on a short story for the Overland Emerging Writer’s Fiction online issue and I have a couple of essays I need to start researching for as well.

I’ve had that critical, self-doubting voice creep in over the last few days, the one which seems to favour ripping shreds off writers.

When I visualise this voice, it’s a cross between the Cockney Hitcher and Howlin’ Jimmy Jefferson from The Mighty Boosh. Not sure why, I think it has something to do with the extremely bad attitude they both exude.

But it’s time to kill off those two dodgy characters and just get on with the job. There is nothing quite like a daily routine to bring focus into your life and I think it is even more important to have one when you are going solo.

I’d love to hear from you about your daily routine and what works, what doesn’t, and also the best alternatives to coffee and tea during the warmer months (possibly most importantly).

M x

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