I've slightly modified my routine, so I'll summarize it again: Day 1 - Hand write 1/2 notebook page (15-30 min) Day 2 - Type it onto the computer (15-20 min) Day 3 - Correct with google translate, dictionaries, grammars; post to italki (15-60 min) Day 4 - Go over corrections, ask questions, put new vocab/sentences into anki, post final text here (15-60 min) And then I repeat, so I do a little something every day. You can see that the time can vary quite a bit. This can be very time consuming: 1-3 hours for a simple half-page text. Improvements: I can type Russian much better than when I started, although my speed is still low, and has tapered off. I've been forced to look at a lot more "real life" grammar, which has resulted in me improving in certain constructions, and even mastering a few. I've also been forced to use more vocabulary. I say "forced" because I decided I would try to say exactly what I want to say. This is in contrast to when I talk, and allow myself to talk around unknown grammar and vocabulary. I wouldn't adapt this philosophy in a test, of course. Frustrations: Grammar. I thought this was going to be a miracle cure for my grammar. But it seems like I often bite off more than I can chew. I try really hard to understand all the corrections, but sometimes I just let them fly over my head. And some correctors, no matter how nicely I ask them not to, will completely re-write my text. I know why they are doing it; a native just wouldn't write it my way, even though it's understood. But that makes my workload so much higher. There is some basic stuff that still evades me, or it still isn't automatic. For example, perfect vs imperfect. The basic rules are simple and straight forward, but when I get into even moderately complicated sentences, it can be hard to figure out which to use. In addition to knowing which form to use, I often forget or mix up the p/i verbs. Another thing that often gets corrected is word order. I think I understand it, but when I try to shift stuff around, I usually get as many corrections as when I leave things alone. Conclusions: If I had the time and inclination, rather than increasing the amount of writing I do, I'd work on grammar in parallel. I clearly need more reviewing/drilling. Pure usage is necessary, but I'm not sure how much or how quickly I can improve without working on grammar at the same time. Of course, you might have completely different problems then I have, but this is about all I can suggest. Good luck!