Hemingway wrote 'til his pencils weren't sharp.
Collette picked fleas from her cat.
Kerouac and Bacon started on their knees.
Whatever it is, most writers have something. And I'm no different.
And getting back to it is one of the big upsides to having a permanent address and a sense of home.
My routine is pretty simple:
Get up around 7.
Stop around 10 or 11.
I write long hand when I'm stuck or starting something new. When things are really fucked up, I "clean" the house and get a fresh sheet of paper.
I use Maria Irene Fornes sense memory exercises to get the world out of my head if it's in there.
I've found that turning on the TV, listening to music, checking email or reading the blog world generally destroys everything. So I try to avoid all that crap.
I'm generally no good for anything but talking in the afternoon, so unless I have business, I stay away from the phone.
There are a few other routines that are important - Tennis with H at mid-day, every other day. Plus, three AA meetings a week - a meeting to share at on Mondays, a crazy cross talk men's meeting (populated by rock'n roll and correctional facility refugees) on Tuesdays and a step study meeting on Friday.
I do book study on Wednesdays in Santa Monica with my sponsor.
There's meditation and prayer too, but I'm not worth shit when it comes to either one.
Here's an article on the importance of routine to a few young writers.
Please take out a pencil and a sheet of paper.
You got a routine? Let's hear about it.