Most of us don’t write every day, especially if we’re still working in a day job and not making any or much money from our writing.
But a daily writing habit is very important. It helps you add words to your work consistently – and that’s the very center of being a writer. You are creating stories, you’re creating content. That is the core of your business as writer.
Just a little math here, to convince you: If you write 500 words a day which is quite doable in half an hour to 45 minutes, it will take you 100 days to write 50,000 words. That’s a little over three months, or about four months if you take weekends off (which is actually a bad idea).
50,000 words is a novel. It may not be a really good novel, and maybe you won’t be done with your story, but this is only an example. At that amount of words you’re sitting on a novel.
Think about it! A novel!
Are you ready to write every day?
So how does one write every day?
First, you need a story to work on. Well, duh, but that is what you’re doing. No story, no writing. So set up a file and get going with a story. Any story.
Personally, I have two or three that I’m working on at any given time. At least one of them is in editing, so I can rest my mind if I get stuck in a story or my mind is powered out on one. Editing counts as writing.
The next thing you need is a timer.
I’ve come to love working with a timer. It helps me to focus and really ignore distractions. Any old kitchen timer will work, but I found myself one in a color I love, and with a magnet to stick to my file cabinet. It’s a good idea to make it special. Of course, there are also lots of timer apps for your cell, or PC. Use what works for you, and invest the time to make it easy and comfortable to work with one.
Next are baby steps – write a little every day.
Remember, you’re creating a habit. You’re becoming a writer by writing regularly.
Find a good time in your day to do so. I get up extra early to give me 45 – 60 minutes of writing time in the morning, and it’s usually my most productive time.
Weekly Goals – setting times
The goal for week One is to write every day – for 10 minutes straight. That’s what you need the timer for. 10 minutes of writing, nothing else. Not even a potty break. (Well, okay, if you must…) Definitely no Facebook. You’re allowed to add another ten minutes later in the day.
Celebrate your accomplishment. That’s very important. It may not seem much to you, especially if there was a time when you could write for hours – but those times are past and you have to train your writing muscle again.
Week Two, go for 15 or 20 minutes. Again, feel free to add another bout later in the day, but make it your priority to write every day, rather than a lot one day and not at all the next day. This is about creating a regular habit.
Week Three, go for 30 minutes. And that’s as long as one sitting of writing should be. After 30 min (the classic Pomodori, if you ever heard of them, is actually 25 min, with a 5 min break), stop, take a break – and celebrate. Really, celebrate each writing bout.
Week Four, go for two sessions of 30 min each. If you’re a busy person with a day job and a family, this might be all you can do. And that’s fine. You’re now writing regularly, and you can keep doing it ad infinitum.
Now you have a writing habit.
You’re back in the writing seat. And that’s great!
Here’s some tapping phrases to overcome resistance to this whole concept.
Even though it sounds like a joke, to write just 10 minutes with a timer, I’m a writer after all, and I now choose to develop a writing habit.
Even though this feels ridiculous, I am a writer, and I’d love to get back to writing every day.
Even though I really don’t think I can do this, I’m a writer, after all, and I’m willing to give it a try.
How do you feel when you think about writing every day?
What’s stopping you from writing every day?
How do you feel after you have written?
And finally – what are you working on?
Write a comment and share the good stuff!
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PS: Forming good habits is very important when you want to be creative. We can actually train ourselves to be creative regularly, and on time.
Don’t believe it? Well, that’s a limiting belief.
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