GUEST POST: My Reading and Writing Routine – Dane Cobain

Oh, hi! My name’s Dane Cobain, and I’m a reader and author from High Wycombe in the United Kingdom. Today, I’m here to talk to you about my routine – when it comes to both writing and reading, I’m set in my ways, and there’s a good reason for that. I work as hard as I can for as long as I can, and so it’s important to make sure that I’m always being as efficient as possible.

My first love was reading, and I’ve been a keen reader for as long as I remember. I love the feel of a book in my hands, and I only read physical books and collect them all in my own, personal library. I review everything that I read on my book blog, which has almost 1,000 reviews on it, and share those reviews to Amazon and Goodreads to help out authors and other readers.

As well as keeping the books that I’ve already read, I also have a ‘TBR’ (‘to be read’) book case. That’s separated into two – books that I’ve tried and that I want to continue, and books that I haven’t tried yet. Every day, on the bus on my way to work, I start reading a new book, and if it’s good enough to have held my attention throughout the commute, it makes the cut and I get round to finishing it off whenever I get a chance.

I do most of my reading on the bus and on my lunch breaks, although I’m a smoker and I also read my book whenever I go out for a cigarette. If I’m lucky and I get enough done at the weekend, I also squeeze in a little extra reading then.

When it comes to writing, I write whenever I can – I write a poem a day on my cigarette breaks at work, and when I’ve finished the poem, I work on the outline of a new novel or I write a short story. In the evenings and at the weekend, I squeeze in as much writing as possible, using a specific routine that I’ve developed.

I work in my living room and watch Netflix on the TV, changing activity every five minutes, from doing stuff on my computer to tidying to writing, and back again. That’s the simplified version, but we’d be here all day if I told you all of the different rules I have in place to keep me going.

But using that schedule and working for five hours or so after getting home from the office is what helps me to get everything done. I’ll be formatting blog posts, editing books and answering e-mails in my computer time, making dinner and cleaning the house up in my tidying time, and writing anything from journals and guest blogs to my new novel in my writing time.

As a writer and a big reader, and as someone with no time to waste because there’s always a load of stuff to do, it’s important for me to get as much reading and writing done as possible. If I could read in my sleep, I would do – instead, I just don’t get much sleep, so I can read and write some more.

Everyone has a routine that they stick to – mine is just a little more detailed than most. But I’m curious – I’d love to hear about your reading (and writing!) routines. Leave a comment to let me know all about them, or tweet me @DaneCobain with your thoughts. Oh, and please go ahead and check out one of my books while you’re at it!



Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World


Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World is the true story of how sometimes the updates that you post come back to haunt you. Filled with real case studies and practical advice, it’s a guidebook for everyone who has an online presence from consumers to massive corporations. 

Sometimes, people really are out to get you. Be afraid. Be very afraid. 

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No Rest for the Wicked

(supernatural thriller)

When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.

Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.

When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. 

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Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home


Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press

Find out more.,204,203,200_.jpg The Rise and Fall of a Social Network

(literary fiction)

When Dan Roberts starts his new job at, he has no idea what he’s getting into. The site deals in death – its users share their innermost thoughts, which are stored privately until they die. Then, their posts are shared with the world, often with unexpected consequences.

But something strange is going on, and the site’s two erratic founders share a dark secret. A secret that people are willing to kill for.

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