Daily Writing Habits: 6 (Sort of) Simple Tips to Develop It
When we write one or more stories every two Sundays, when temperatures range 72 to 82 degrees, it’s unlikely that we’ll finish the book. And it’s unlikely that we will develop daily writing habits. It’s important to have writing habits that allow you to write a good story. Once this is complete, you can write another. Usually you brush the tooth, wash your toilet or close your door when you leave the house to avoid cats escaping. And that’s because it’s a habit. We create habits by doing something consistently for a longer period of time. So the question today is: how can I make writing a daily habit?
1. Setup a daily word count goal
We all have heard that no matter the topic, to create consistent results our goals need to be specific. What can be more specific when it comes to writing daily when setting up a specific number of words you will do in a single day. Maybe you want to start smaller: 50, 100, 200 words. Or you are already good with words, and have skills but you still need more practice in creating these habits. Just remember, you can make the number low as long as you make sure that you stay consistent with your goal.
2. Create a specific time in your calendar everyday just for writing
You would be surprised to know that the most creative people are actually the ones who accomplish their daily goal when it comes to writing. Setting up a specific time everyday to practice means that we already have a meeting with ourselves which allows us to keep a consistent schedule. It doesn’t matter much if you do it in the morning, at lunch or afternoon. As long as you make a time span sustainable for you. Also, in order to keep yourself focused on writing, make sure you don’t get distracted. In other words, don’t surf the internet at that time of the day. Focus on writing completely. If you see, that you need more information regarding the topic, make notes on the paper, on your document, etc., so you can come back later but don’t distract yourself with this stuff while you are in your writing phase.
3. Create a space for writing at home
Thinking and planning is usually underrated when it comes to writing. Remember, ideas are important when putting your words in action. When it comes to planning, audio recording, notes, and lists help determine what we want to be writing about. The best advice we can give is look for inspiration. You might have to write about the things that don’t make sense at the moment but remember practice makes improvement which means that in no time you will be able to focus on every idea that you love.
Don’t forget to create an outline for your writing and articles. Having an outline means knowing what you need to research, how much content you need to read, write and even review. Planned outline also helps move forward towards your first draft which means that it’s easier to improve once you began writing.
5. Create a reward for your writing improvement
We all love getting gifts. Creating a reward system might be the greatest motivation factor to make sure you stick to your daily habit of writing. It’s up to you to decide how frequently you want to get a reward, if it’s everyday, or maybe after a week, or when you finish your article, book, etc. As long as it’s something that keeps you accountable to yourself and motivated. You will see that this form of endorsement can help you achieve great results.
6. Call yourself a writer
This might sound like a silly one but this helps our mind determine what we feel like. You don’t have to earn money or have a published book to be an author. You simply need to believe that you are a writer to make progress and stay consistent with your goals. The more often you will identify yourself as a writer, the quicker you will get more comfortable with the idea that this is actually your calling.
And after all, if you want to form daily writing habits, you have to be willing to put in the work. Focus on creating daily writing habits, and you will be doing it without much hesitation in no time. Remember write today, and you’ll be better with it tomorrow.
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