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4 Ways to Create (And Maintain) a Writing Habit

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4 Ways to Create (And Maintain) a Writing Habit
As I'd done for decades, I silenced that voice of hope with a quick and definitive, "Yeah, right. Nobody's even going to read this thing." However, I'd just read Steven Pressfield's The War of Art Spurred to fight Resistance, I wrote my 50,000-word book in six months by waking at 5 a.m.

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Rewards Are The End Goal Of Habits

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 reward too, further developing the habit.

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Focus On Writing

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.

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Cravings Drive Every Habit

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. 

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Use Cues To Trigger Your Writing

Use Cues To Trigger Your Writing

Many writers use the act of getting out of bed as a cue but yours could be anything. As time passes you will feel less resistance to writing as your brain automatically prepares for writing once the cue is detected. 

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5 primary ways that a new habit can be triggered

  • Cue 1: Time - Most common way to trigger a new habit
  • Cue 2: Location - Most powerful driver of mindless habits and also the least recognized
  • Cue 3: Preceding Event - Many habits are a response to something else that happens in your life
  • Cue 4: Emotional State - emotional state is a common cue for bad habits
  • Cue 5: Other People - people you surround yourself with can play a role in your habits and behaviors.

Take time out to rest

Sleeping 8 hours a day and taking a time-out to rest is crucial.

Give yourself time to recuperate, in order to perform better at any task, and to recall better what you have studied.

Make focus a lifestyle choice

Make focus a regular part of your lifestyle, by practicing it progressively on a daily basis.

This means making a commitment to stop using your smartphone for a few hours daily, or not checking it first thing in the morning.

Cal Newport

Cal Newport

“Don’t take breaks from distraction. Instead take breaks from focus.”

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Exercise as a routine, not a habit

Habit conjures up images of engaging in a mindless, automatic behavior, which fitness is not. 

Start thinking about making exercise a routine or a ritual more than a habit.

Practical tips

  • Physically set aside time in your schedule to be active. Pencil in workouts for three weeks so that fitness won't be "squeezed in" (or squeezed out). 
  • Find fitness buddies. 

  • Notice all of the benefits you get from working out. It will keep you coming back for more.