Don’t be afraid to revise until you can’t think of another thing you can possibly do to get closer to what you want to convey.
The routine fell apart quickly my publisher gave me eighteen-month to produce a new book. Even fifteen minutes of writing time had to be used. Maybe a sentence could be polished while waiting to pick up a kid at school, a transition outlined in the doctor’s waiting room, a paragraph written if I got to a coffee shop a half hour before an appointment. I wrote in the morning, over lunch, at night.
Make sure your writing routine works for you instead of possibly standing in the way of being productive. With jobs and families and other responsibilities in our day, remembering that the physical act of writing can be done most places clears the way for creative freedom.
Cynthia Kraack is the author of five novels including The High Cost of Flowers, winner of the 2014 Midwest Book Awards for Literary Fiction and Creative Fiction. She is on the board of Write On, Door County.