4 Ways to Create (And Maintain) a Writing Habit
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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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.
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.
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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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 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.
“Don’t take breaks from distraction. Instead take breaks from focus.”
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The cue triggers a craving, which motivates a response, which provides a reward, which satisfies the craving and, ultimately, becomes associated with the cue.
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As you’re determining the habits or resolutions you’re trying to set, make the habit part of a bigger cause that’s worth the struggle.
You’re not just going to the gym, you’re building a new body that you’re not ashamed of so you can start dating again.
There are 3 parts to a good or bad habit: Cue (what triggers the action), Routine (the action itself), Reward (the positive result because of the action).You have trained your brain to take a cue (you see a doughnut), anticipate a reward (a sugar high), and make the behavior automatic (nom that donut).
Compare that to a cue (you see your running shoes), anticipate a reward (a runner’s high), and make the behavior automatic (go for a run!).
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