For me the rhythms of life control a lot about my writing. In early June, I expected to get a lot of writing done this summer. And I have. But not the long concentrated times of thinking as I expected. It was shorter things, more stop and start stuff.
Even within a single day, there are rhythms: read email, stop for coffee, work on a story, stop to answer emails, work on a story, eat lunch, email, then story again, before I can’t think anymore and I do the small chores of filing, organizing information, reading research materials, then back up my flash drive, shut down and drive home.
Rhythms, habits, ways of working – whatever you call it, I try to pay attention and work with, rather than against, the rhythms. Monday? I’ve printed out my mss in 7 point font and am ready to tackle the shrunken manuscript and then get busy revising.