When I started my writing career, there were weeks I’d write every single day; then go through a period where I’d write for one or two days only the entire week.
I realized this would not help my career if I wanted to improve and succeed.
For you to develop a daily writing habit, there are some changes you’ll have to make. These are not major life changes, but they will definitely keep you focused on your writing.
Dedicate a place
As Humans, we are territorial. If you want to focus, find a place in your house and let it become your writing sanctuary. It should be a place that no snacking, TV or idling is permitted. You only go there when you need to get your writing done.
Turn off your cell phone; even better, do not bring it with you in your writing space.
Set a time when you know you will perform at your peak.
Everyone is different. For a mother with young children, it may be at 3:00 am when the house is quiet. If you are working a 9-5 job, it may be after you have had an hours nap or at 10:00 pm after dinner when everyone else has gone to bed.
Keep this time sacred. Try to make your family know this is your writing time.
If you are a full-time writer, you want to write for six hours a day at least. Take your career seriously. You don’t report to the office for one hour, then go shopping for three hours, then back to the office. If you did that, your productivity would be minimal, and you’d probably get fired. So, treat your writing like you’ve employed yourself.
Your daily word count reach can make a world of difference. Whether you decide to write 500 words or 1000 or 3000 words a day is important. Set a goal that is practical for you. Let 500 words be your minimal. After a few years, you will find that you have grown, and writing 3000 words in one sitting comes naturally to you.
When you sit down to write, just write and do not stop to edit until you’re done with the word count for the day.
Once you’re done, use the software you have to edit. If you are using Word, do your spell check. Always read through your article several times. Grammarly is a great editing tool you can incorporate.
Writing is fun and can be cathartic too. If you don’t enjoy writing, then you will not develop a daily writing habit because you will associate it with pain.
You need to associate your writing with fun. It should be like a hobby for you -with great benefits.
Writing can be a way to de-stress and calm you down. It is very therapeutic. When you write down your feelings, you feel no one is judging you in the process. This can cause a lot of psychological healing for you. The only caution is; be careful what you decide to make public. It’s better to keep some personal stuff a secret.
Mark down on your calendar or timetable when you complete a project. This will help you keep track of your progress.
Give yourself a monthly goal and at the end of the month, look and see if you met your goals.
Find a writing buddy or group. Ever since I joined two writing communities this year, I feel at home. I’ve learned so much and gained new knowledge. There are several Facebook writing communities; I would encourage you to join and become active.
Music and inspiration
Listening to background music can be inspirational. I like to listen to Tony Robbins, Rosetta Thurman, and Lisa Nichols inspirational speeches when I am writing. The motivation in the background encourages me to ‘keep going.’ It does not distract me at all.
Embrace your imperfection
Remember, you can always improve your work. Accept that you have done your best for know. Keep learning from those who are ahead of you and have faith in your craft. You will improve with time as long as you are consistent.
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