A sacred writing hour is one of the four components of a complete creative lifestyle. It is one hour at the same time every (or almost every) day that you set aside to work on your writing–or any creative project. Not only does this designated hour increase productivity by training your brain to create at a specific time, but it also gives you the space to prioritize writing in your day-to-day life.
I’ve been utilizing a sacred writing hour for about a year now, and it’s completely changed the way I think about my work. In this past year, writing has gone from a backburner passion to a priority. I’ve started to take it more seriously and as a result, I’ve gotten more done. It’s also improved my mental health for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s comforting to know that no matter what happens or how busy I am, I will always be writing from 10-11am. Secondly, at the end of each day, I feel fulfilled because I know spent time on something that really matters to me.
You can establish and stick to a sacred writing hour, too. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps.
But first, a quick note: The concept of a sacred writing hour can be applied to any artistic endeavor or passion. Whether you are a painter, musician, poet, or any other type of creative, this system will work for you.
How to Establish a Sacred Writing Hour
Establishing a sacred hour requires reflection, intentionality, and a fair bit of trial and error. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with your inner writer and answer a few questions.
- What time of day do you work best?
- When do you feel the most creative?
- What would be your ideal sacred writing hour?
Once you’ve answered these questions, it’s time for some planning.
- What aspects of your schedule are non-negotiable? Is there anything you can’t reschedule, re-work, or cancel?
- What aspects of your schedule are you willing to sacrifice, reschedule, or re-work to make room for your writing hour?
- When is your free time? What time are you consistently free every (or almost every) day?
- Block off your sacred hour (preferably the same time every day).
Now, try it out!
- Tell the people in your life that you are implementing a sacred writing hour. You will treat this hour like the scheduled appointment that it is.
- Stick to this hour for a whole week. Show up at the page and hold yourself accountable.
- Once the week is over, reflect. How did your sacred hour go? What did you like about it? What would you change?
And don’t forget to download my FREE Sacred Creative Hour Cheat Sheet (link below) to help you find the writing hour that best fits your needs.
With Love, Cats, and Coffee 💖,
The Present Active Writer