There’s no doubt that amazing things happen when you make writing a habit. But how do you get to that point? With all the things that can get in the way of writing, particularly when life is busy, it’s not easy. Here’s some tips to get you started.
Write at the same time each day
Pick a time that works for you and stick to it. Perhaps you’re an early riser, or a night owl. Or maybe the only time you get a quiet moment is on your lunch break at work. Whenever it is, commit to making that your writing time. It doesn’t matter if it’s as little as 15 minutes, or if you only write a few sentences. A little each day creates progress.
As said above, it’s okay to start small. There’s nothing wrong with being micro-ambitious, and you can build up over time. Before you know it 100 words becomes 500, 15 minutes becomes 30. Small goals lead the way to big ones. Don’t feel you always need to dedicate loads of time to your daily habit – it can put you off completely if you put yourself under too much pressure.
Even if you’re starting small it’s helpful to set goals. It’s motivational to have something to work towards, and it keeps your writing exciting. It also gives you the chance to celebrate your successes, which you absolutely should!
Keep a journal
Sometimes the brain doesn’t feel creative, and keeping a journal is a neat way to make sure you write every day, even if it’s not fiction. Organising your thoughts, documenting your day, and recording your hopes, dreams and secrets can fuel the creative part of your brain going forward.
Be kind to yourself
Missed a day? Don’t sweat it. Sure, you’re supposed to be creating a habit, but you’re also supposed to be having fun. Writing is exploration and creation. It’s a hobby, a passion. Don’t ruin it by beating yourself up when you don’t get any done. If your punish yourself for not writing, it just puts you under unnecessary pressure and takes away the enjoyment. So be kind to yourself, and pick up the pen again the next day.
How do you make writing a habit? Share your thoughts below.