Writing is like anything: It requires practice. Practice requires commitment. And commitment turns into habit. Every good writer develops a writing habit, something that keeps her writing day after day after day. Well, maybe not everyday. But certainly it requires focusing on one’s priority. Sometimes it’s important to turn off the cell phone, to stop texting, stay off Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites, and get down to the business of writing. There are so many distractions that keep writers from writing, but once a habit has been established it’s hard to stop. Here are some key steps to establishing a great writing habit.
Write every day. Developing any type of habit requires doing it consistently. Set and maintain a daily writing schedule every day, say a few hours early in the morning or right before you go to bed.
Keep a journal. Journaling is a great way to maintain a writing habit. Write what happened to you that day, observations you’ve had, or images or sentences that come to you while you’re daydreaming during work.
Do writing exercises. Exercises are little story prompts that will get you started writing. A prompt can start off by describing an object or writing about a specific memory. Check out books at the library that have a list of story prompts to get you started. Try to do this at least several times a week or if you find yourself with a nasty writing block.
Join a writing workshop. Writing workshops are not only a great way to develop a consistent writing habit, but they also provide you with a community of like-minded writers who will be able to support and encourage your writing.
Take a creative writing class. Like writing workshops, creative writing classes will put you within a community of writers. It was also give you access to the wisdom of experienced writers teaching the classes. Check out your local community colleges or universities to see what is available.
- List of Online Writer’s Workshops (mstie68.wordpress.com)
- Five tips for getting words on the page (andreabadgley.com)