Rule D – Discipline yourself to write

Linda’s Rules of Writing

An Asian woman lays on her stomach and works on a laptop on the beach.
Laptop? Beach? Oh, yeah, I could write here.  Maybe that’s a goal for this summer.

We’re onto the letter D in Linda’s Rules of Writing of the A to Z Challenge, Discipline yourself to write.

I could give you link after link after like “Butt chair” or “write every day.”

But honestly, a book doesn’t get written unless you discipline yourself to actually sit down and do the writing on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be every day, because, honestly, some people have schedules where that’s difficult. But regular is important because it’s awfully easy to have other priorities and end up not writing at all.

It starts with making an effort.  How do you discipline yourself to write?  What times do you like writing at?  Any favorite spots like my beach photo above?  Do you have any rituals?

Writerly Adventuring

Cover for The Darkness Within showing an evil-eyed monster against a black backdrop.
Cover: The Darkness Within


Some of the discipline I learned came from being in the army for 12 years.  I served in Desert Storm, when it was still strange and new for women to be at war.  My story “A Soldier’s Magic” comes from some of those experiences, blending magic, modern day military, and women soldiers.  The Darkness Within.
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15 thoughts on “Rule D – Discipline yourself to write

  1. mrkelly2u

    Very true Linda. There is no substitute for turning up and doing it! Sounds like you have an interesting background that you have harnessed some of those experiences for your writing too – your book looks intriguing. Good luck with the rest of the challenge and feel free to swing by to say hello.


  2. I work better in the evening. But when it comes to my writing, I do better in the morning. Since my job has regular working hours I really enjoy Saturday and Sunday morning writing. Summer time writing in the garden is fun too.

    Denise at Organization and Inspiration for Fellow Writers, participant of A to Z Blogging Challenge


  3. This is the hardest rule. I need to make a schedule and really stick to it. I’m so easily distracted by the internet. I’m going to need to shut it down and get to work! Great post!


    1. Danielle, it might help to set a timer for 30 minutes and write until it goes off. Then hit the internet. That way, if you’re tempted, you can say you’ll surf after the timer.


  4. Oh this is hard – I’m reorganising my photo collection at the moment – total procrastination . . .well it does need doing 🙂
    Great post Linda, I’m very left-brained as soon as I wake up so it’s a good time to edit and plan, but I like taking a pen and paper into a comfy chair around mid afternoon so my muse and I can get closer.


    1. Margaret, it’s really hard with a big project. It looks so daunting. Small wins are really helpful. I kept thinking “This revision is taking forever.” Then I compiled the manuscript and it was 80 pages. It didn’t feel like it was that much! So it was very inspiring to see the progress, even if it didn’t feel like it.


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