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5 Hacks to Create a Good Writing Habit

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5 Hacks to Create a Good Writing Habit
If you want to find more time to do the work that matters most to you, we're partnering with Dan Blank to launch a class exclusively for Write Practice members. Enrollment closes Tuesday September 16, so sign up now " One would-be writer asked me recently, "How do you stick with your writing plans for more than a week?"

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Writing And Priorities

Writing And Priorities

If you feel too overwhelmed for writing, list your goals in order of importance. Maybe writing is not your top goal and you are wasting energy thinking you should do it because you haven’t realized it.

If writing is near the top of your list, you need to decide what else can be let go. Get clear on your focus, say no to the things that are less important, and then follow through.

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Write For Just Fifteen Minutes

Write For Just Fifteen Minutes

Professional writers rarely write for more than five or so hours a day because writing is mentally exhausting. This means you can get a lot done in a short amount of time.

You might not have five hours to write, but almost everyone has fifteen minutes. To keep yourself focused as you write, consider writing with a timer.

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Stop Checking Email

Stop Checking Email

Many use email as a to-do list, which leaves them reacting to life instead of living it according to goals.

It’s difficult to write when you’re checking email every five minutes. Don’t check emails during your daily writing time.

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Lower Your Expectations (For Now)

Lower Your Expectations (For Now)

It takes practice, time and some luck, to write a great story. Settle for a non-perfect story for now.

When you sit down to write your first story, it might not be very good. But later, you’ll edit and rewrite it to make it better. 

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Make It Social

Make It Social
  • Befriend other writers. Online forums, writing classes and local critique groups are good starting places.
  • Share your writing, whether it is by sending it to a friend, posting on your blog, or self-publishing.
  • Go to a writing conference to learn more about the craft and connect with other writers
  • Don’t believe in the “loner writer” myth. Most writers have a network of creative people who inspire, encourage, and support them.

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Celebrate Progress

Celebrate Progress

Many writers don’t celebrate when they succeed because they get too eager to pursue their next goal.

To cement writing as a habit in your life, reward yourself each time you do it, celebrating the fact you are making progress, the fact that you are creating, celebrate that you are writing.

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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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Common Obstacles To Writing

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Commit To Writing Every Day This Month

Make a public commitment, to people who will hold you accountable. You don’t need to publish your writing each day, but just write at least 5 minutes a day.

It can be any type of writing and it doesn’t have to be good, so let go of your desire for perfection.

Set Aside 5-10 Minutes

Setting your writing time during the morning is ideal as you haven’t gotten busy yet. But find what works for you and treat this appointment as unmissable.

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Structure And Revise

You need to have a beginning that builds to a middle and an ending, or at least an idea of where you’re going, as it is key to explore your themes and foreshadow things properly.

Another important thing is to revise your writings. Your first draft is likely to contain multiple errors, poorly phrased sections, and inconsistencies.

Surprise The Reader

To do it, you must know what your audience expects from the type of writing you’re doing and then defy it.

Without the surprise, without the twist, if you don’t pull the wool over the audience’s eyes, then it’s unlikely you’re going to be memorable. It’s precisely the fact that things are not what they seem that makes a story interesting.