Thursday, November 26, 2015

How to Make Writing a Daily Habit

When you first start out, writing everyday is a task. Over time, as you keep to your writing schedule, it becomes a habit. It will be something you automatically settle down to do, without dread or regret.

Here is what you need to do if you want to turn writing into a daily habit.

1. Decide on a Habit

Choose the habit you want to build. For this article, we are focusing on making writing every day a habit. If you are already writing every day, you can change your goal to writing x amount of words or pages a day.

2. Part of Routine

Schedule writing time into your day. Plan on making it a part of your every day activities. If you have a daily planner, choose a block of time to write and try to keep it at the same time every day, including weekends.

When writing becomes part of your routine, you will find that you begin to do things that will trigger yourself to prepare to write. Some writers will go out for a jog, come home, and begin their day of writing. Other writers will practice breathing exercises to prepare for their writing. Find and develop a trigger that will put you in the mood to write.

3. Start Small and Build

If you are just deciding on making writing a daily habit, start small. Plan on writing for just one hour each day or writing x amount of words each day. 500 words a day is a good goal for beginning writers. For those who have a little more experience, up the daily word count to 1,000 words a day.

4. Stick to It

The most important thing to do when forming a new habit is to stick to it. Don’t start off by giving yourself days off. Plan to work on writing every single day, including holidays. This is not meant to be a punishment, but a way to form a new habit.

5. Form One Habit at a Time

Only tackle one habit at a time. If you are working on building a writing habit, don’t start building another habit in some other area of your life. When you tackle one thing at a time, you are far more likely to succeed than if you tackle two or more habits at a time.

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