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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

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 r...

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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 no...

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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...

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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 ...

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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, po...

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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, cel...

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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.

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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Writing Daily

To build a habit of daily writing, try to get three pages of writing done every day. It can be about anything and it’s important that you write all without editing or censoring.

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Set Accountability Metrics

Come up with trackable goals like a number of words or pages per day. The specificity is important because being able to measure it allows you to keep track of your progress and better change your behavior. 

Make It a Regular Practice

Keeping track of streaks is a very powerful tactic for developing any new habit. Knowing that you have consistently succeeded for a number of days helps you push through the days who are unmotivated.

Other ways to foster regularity: writing in a different style or genre, and doing your writing first thing in the morning.

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Common Obstacles To Writing

  • You’re busy: separate 5-15 minutes to write, first thing in the morning, and stick to it.
  • You’re intimidated: The important thing is to start.
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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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