AWAI Writing Challenge:
Tell Me About Your Writing Routine

One of the benefits of The Writer's Life is the flexibility. It's great – it allows you to do what you want, when you want. No more rigid, daily "9-to-5" schedule or boss telling you when you can take a break or vacation.

At the same time, however, a lot of successful copywriters have found a connection between a well-established routine and productivity. William Faulkner once said, "I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o'clock every morning." James Joyce couldn't start writing each morning until he'd smoked a half pack of cigarettes (not necessarily recommended.)

Your strategy may be to get a jumpstart on the day by rising early. Maybe your day job requires you to be a night owl and do your best work after dark. Your routine may involve your favorite beverage or getting situated in the perfect spot before the creativity starts to flow.

Tell me about your daily writing routine, and what makes it work for you. Include anything that makes it unique or quirky or inspiring.

Send your 1,000 word (or less) essay to me at with "My daily writing routine" in the subject line. IMPORTANT: Send your entry as a Word doc and include your name on the attached document itself, not just in the email (Entries without names on the document will be disqualified.)

One winner will be selected from all entries received. If it's you, you'll receive a $100 American Express gift card and have your essay published on the AWAI website.

All entrants will be recognized and will be sent a special gift for participating.

Deadline: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Look for the winning entry in the August 26 issue of Inside AWAI.

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Published: July 22, 2010

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