How to Develop Great Writing Habits

How to Develop Great Writing Habits

It takes 21 days to form a new habit. Habits are, by definition, behaviors that we repeat over an over again. Create a new normal in your writing by applying some of techniques and advice that I’m giving you in this article.

 

Know your Why

Before you start writing you should sit down and think about the reason why are you doing it. What are you trying to accomplish? Write it down to keep yourself reminded. You can even have it on the wall above your writing desk, or anywhere where it’s going to be in your sight.

Doing this will re motivate you, re inspire you and help you not lose your track.

 

Pick the time when you feel most productive

Understanding that everyone is different, you really have to chose the time to write that works best for you. Rather you are a morning person or a night owl, discovering the time that works best for you is the key to productivity.

Most people feel more creative at night because they’ve trained their body to be tired at that time and that’s when our frontal lobe is least active. When the frontal lobe is not full of energy our creative responses are more active but that doesn’t have to be at nighttime. It all depends on your energy cycle.

Discover what type of the environment works best for you.

  • Is it a quiet place or do you have to be amongst people, or maybe people watching inspires you more?

  • Do you have to be outside or indoors?

  • Do you prefer the room to be clean or do you just want to clean it because you are procrastinating?

  • Do you have to sit at the desk?

Track your progress at different times, locations and environment. That way you’ll be able to utilize your time better, be more productive and less frustrated.

 

Define your goals

When you have clear goals in place you’ll be able to achieve it. How are you going to measure your progress if you don’t have set goals that you are working towards?

When it comes to setting your own personal goals you will want to follow these few steps:

  • Set your big end goal.

  • Break that goal into daily mini goals.

  • Make sure your small goals are achievable.

  • Take breaks.

  • Define a daily stopping point so you can get your reword.

  • Feel good about you progress.

  • Be kind to yourself. Don’t be too critical if your work that day is not your best ever.

  • Remember: You can always edit (fix) your bad work but you can’t do anything with the blank page!

Overcoming a writers block

The most annoying thing when it comes to writing is having a writers block. You really want to write and maybe even know what to write, but somehow the words don’t want to come out. Don’t listen to those silly advice like going for a run, or a walk, or taking a nap. That might be beneficial to your health but not when it comes to overcoming a writers block.

Acknowledge when it’s happening but don’t blow it out of proportion. Sometimes we think that our block is somehow unique and it only happens to us. We blow it out of proportion and use it as an excuses not to write.

Take ownership and stop blaming it to invisible forces. You might say that you are lacking inspiration therefore, you can’t write or it’s the characters fault. Maybe you are a perfectionist and you are waiting to get really good at writing so you can actually start writing.

Understand that nothing is actually stopping you from writing. Even if your computer is broken, you still have a pan and a piece of paper. Get comfortable with writing even when you don’t feel like it. Just write. Produce bad content and you will be able to fix it later. Don’t fool yourself into believing in all the excuses not to write and if you are someone who suffers from really bad self sabotaging, I have a great post on how to overcome it.

Avoid mistakes that many writers make

Try to be unique and don’t write something that has been done many times before. What will separate you from other writers is something that only you have to say from your point of view. If you simply give your own spin on stuff that has been done before, chances are, no one is really going to care about it. You don’t want to waste your time on trying to be someone else and telling someone else’s story.

Stop making your content sound like a legal document. Try to make the reading experience enjoyable by using plain language that is easy to read and is more entertaining. I don’t think anyone has ever read a privacy policy letter or every single chapter on your bank application form.

Conclusion

I hope this post helped you to start creating your own writing habits. Last piece of advice, that I would like to give you, is to never compare yourself to other writers. Focus on yourself and improve your own writing skills.

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