Hi, Al Bargen Here. Writing can be tough because it’s a solitary affair. But what’s even tougher is having the discipline to actually write on a daily basis. Many writers reason that there’s just not enough time in the day to sit down and write.
Writing always takes a backseat when the demands of family and work life come calling. This is the reality, but if you really want to build a career around writing, then you should start doing just that – write!
Here are some ways to start solidifying the writing habit.
1. Have a writing contract with yourself.
Commit to writing by putting it on paper. Write down your daily writing goals or what you intend to achieve. It’s a constant reminder of your commitment to write.
2. Have a writing schedule.
It doesn’t matter what time of the day, just set a writing schedule and follow it. Choose a time that you know you will be less likely to be disrupted.
3. Start a blog.
Having a blog can not only make you build an online presence, but it is also a good way to log your writing progress. Updating your blog regularly will give you a feeling of writing accomplishment.
4. Avoid (excessive) social media distractions.
This is not to say social media is purely a distraction. It’s only when you spend more time than necessary that it becomes disruptive to your writing. Allot a reasonable time for online socialization, and then get back to writing.
5. Find inspiration from great authors.
Successful authors have writing habits. You can get inspiration from them by knowing their writing process. The prolific Stephen King writes 10 pages daily while Ernest Hemingway wrote just 500 words.
6. Reward yourself.
For every breakthrough or accomplished goal, treat yourself to something that you can enjoy. Having something to look forward to every time you reach a writing goal can motivate you to do better each time.
Writers are readers too. By reading other writers’ work, you get new perspectives about most anything. Take those that resonate with you and create a new spin and make it your own.
8. Make writing fun.
If you’re not enjoying your writing, at some point, you’d lose interest. So, it’s important to have some fun while writing. Do things that stop boredom dead on its tracks. Go to the beach or the park and pen your next masterpiece. Or have a cup of gourmet coffee and listen to the music while you type away. Simple things can make writing enjoyable.
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