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Developing the Writing Habit

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Developing the Writing Habit
It was my practice to be at my table every day at 05:30 a.m.; and it was also my practice to allow myself no mercy. - Anthony Trollop Anthony Trollope is considered the most prolific writer of the Victorian era, having written 47 novels over a period of 35 years.

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Starting To Write

Starting To Write

Writing can be a lonely, thankless job, filled with rejection. But it can also be very rewarding when your text resonates with people.

Ask yourself why you want to write and what do you want out of it. There’s no problem in doing it just because but a strong reason will help you persist through the dark moments until you finish your piece.

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Choosing a Time And Place To Write

Choosing a Time And Place To Write
  • Results come when you work at your craft consistently every day.
  • It’s good to write first thing in the morning, as you are more creative upon waking.
  • If you have a job, your writing should take place outside your work time. 
  • Choose a “writing spot” and keep it consistent.

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Set Small Goals

Set Small Goals

Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to follow advanced techniques early on. There is endless advice on writing, but in the beginning, all that matters is getting words onto the page every day.

Set small, easy to accomplish goals and build upon it. Focus not on the end result, but on the process. 

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What To Write About

What To Write About

Write whatever you want. But something short is better as it gives you a view of all the writing process, speeds up your learning and demotivates less when you write something bad.

Do finish your work and expose it to criticism as the final step.

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Overcoming Common Writing Fears

Overcoming Common Writing Fears
  • Publish your work. Writing is a process and releasing it is the final step.
  • Writer's block can be overcome with a strong habit built of sitting down to write each morning.
  • Fear of not writing well can slow you down if you start obsessively self-editing. Keep writing, you can edit later.
  • Self-doubt can be cured with fast writing. 
  • Fear of rejection is overcome if you write for yourself, build a daily writing habit, and keep publishing every week. 

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Pair big goals with small wins

Do this to ensure daily progress and motivation.

Because big goals can be demotivating: that burst of excitement at the beginning quickly wears off. Small wins keep your eyes on the process, not the result and help you see the progress you're making.

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Benefits of a daily writing habit

Benefits of a daily writing habit
  • Better self-discipline
  • Improving persuasion skills
  • Cultivating self-awareness
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Writing as self-discipline

The reason why we don’t do anything useful with our time is that we lack self-discipline.

But when you write every day, you strengthen your discipline. And you can transfer that better self-discipline to achieve anything in life.

Writing cultivates self-awareness

Nothing will help you to get to know yourself more than translating your thoughts into words.

When you force yourself to write every day, you automatically become more aware of your thoughts. And self-awareness is one of the most important skills that predict career success.

Rewards Are The End Goal Of Habits

Your cue leads to your craving, which leads to a response, that leads to your reward.

These rewards can take any form, and as your habit gets more ingrained you develop a craving for the rewa...

Focus On Writing

Writers ought to have only one response to their cues and cravings: writing!

Being a writer requires diverse activities, like promoting your list or pitching agents, but writing is still the most important of all.

Cravings Drive Every Habit

Ask yourself what change of state are you seeking from writing. What you crave is not the habit itself but a change, which for a writer is often the sense of accomplishment from being a writer working toward a long-sought-after goal.