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How to Develop a Daily Writing Habit
One of my New Year's resolutions for 2014 was to write daily. I'm happy to report that I only missed a total of three days in 2014. I'm currently on a 250-day writing streak, and it's become kind of addictive [edit: at 812 now, a year and a half later].

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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 ch...

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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 unmotiv...

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Be Accountable And Make It More Fun

If you have a friend who’s also a writer you can challenge each other to write in different styles and with writing prompts. He can also help you as an accountability partner.

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Register Prompts For Later Days

Keep a notebook of writing prompts in case you run out of ideas or want to leave something for later. 

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Don’t Worry About Editing

It will take you forever to write 750 words if you worry about format and editing while doing the creative stuff too. Most people recommend separating the two actions.

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Start your daily journal off on the right foot by scheduling your writing for a set time every day.

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

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