So, you’re a writer?
Then what we are about to discuss is too damn relevant for you to ignore.
Today we are going to talk about writing habits and how to keep writing consistently.
As a writer, what are you writing goals? Do you write daily or weekly? Are you one of those writers who would love to write daily but somehow don’t manage to? Don’t worry. I am one of them. Rather was until last year. But over the past few months, I have been writing daily. And the results are mind-blowing; to say the least.
Most authors we love, have time and again, emphasized on the importance of writing daily. Some have gone on to share their tricks, their writing patterns to conquer the habit. Taking inspiration from them and blending it with my own experience, in this blog post, I am going to talk about some of the best ways to ensure you write daily.
Set a goal
Nothing is achieved better without a goal. A goal chases you, hounds you, and beats you to accomplish what you started. No matter what one does, goals barely leave you alone. They lurk at the back of your heads until you throw your hands up in the air and get down to it. Always have a goal and ensure these are doable ones. Start small but stick to it.
Have a Catalyst
A friend or critic always comes handy when it is about motivation. Facing a dull day or a bad one, a friend can work on turning it around for you. They become the catalyst for your work. Assign a friend who will regularly follow up with you to know if you’ve achieved the day’s writing task. If you ask me, have a critic for a catalyst. Because a critic will never tire of critically analyzing a work. They will chase you to a T ensuring you give them enough fodder to be running their grey matter over each day.
Set a time
Work by a schedule. Allot an hour, a half hour, maybe only 15 minutes of your day to writing. Shut the world out. Switch off your phone. And write. Yet better, have a place to go to for the writing to be done peacefully. Drop everything, in short. As a kid, I would leave behind everything to watch my favorite Tom & Jerry cartoon on TV. You must have had play hours, TV watching hours, etc. You have to do the same. If you can do it then, why not now?
Keep it Simple
What you write can be as simple as what your coffee was like, or what your mom cooked that day or what the weather is like, or past memories, etc. Actually, anything under the sun. As long as you are writing, it doesn’t matter what it is you are writing about. Someday, you’ll be able to use those drafts for a blog post or your novel. Don’t feel pressurized to add chapters to your book. Start simple, but start. Remember, it is the habit that is important at this stage. Later, you can channel your thoughts to more focussed writing.
Write a journal
I cannot stress enough on the importance of having a daily journal. One of the best and foolproof ways to ensure you get into a cultivate a daily writing habit. Note whatever you like, whatever you observe, personal or general things, and enter a date and time for each entry. It is not just a great way to capture memories but also a great tool to develop an effective writing discipline.
Remember the idea always is to write, not how you write, or what you write, or when you write. Understand your passion, dissect your inhibitions, and you’ll see the way through. It is never about ‘being unable’ but always about ‘being unclear’. In the words of Hosseini,
“You have to write whether you feel like it or not.”
I hope this blog post helps you recognise your weak spot, and work on it to develop a great writing habit. I wish you write consistently, and most importantly, wholeheartedly.
✍Question of the day✍
What is your writing habit? Do you believe in writing consistently or randomly? What are some of your daily writing practices?
Happy writing till we meet next.
Until then, carpe diem! 🙂
© Asha Seth
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These are great tips Asha on setting time, keep a journal, goal setting and critic. I am a lazy writer and striving to be back in form. Don’t ask about the novel struggling to write and blocks! One of the most amazing tricks and tips I’ve read.
Soo helpful tips your tips makes me motivated alot Basically point is that i also use to write but i dont have a fixed time and I am soo much busy in my schedule that i don’t get enough time and when i am free i sit for 2 to 3 hours but i don’t know what should i write cause i don’t have any topics.
Can you please help me out in this thing that what should i write cause when i sit to wite for 2 hours i got many such negetive things please help me out in this thing.
Your tips are quite helpful…..I am random writer because of too many things to do everyday ofc, work, family few other ventures to work on….completely a tug war situation but I want to be a consistent writer. For now something I do consistently is my journalling and many to-do’s for that matter.
Nice tips and very much useful. Please read my blogs and do like and share your small support makes me motivated.
Your tips are so good, especially the one about the catalyst! I cannot bring myself to write on a schedule or have a journal, but I do carry a notebook with me wherever (seriously, wherever) I go. I even lay it next to my pillow for when I wake up from dreams and need to write down some notes. It really has helped me a lot to increase my writing quantity and quality.
Thanks for the great post!
I am writing journals from last summer and I agree with you they help you tremendously. So my question to you is, do you write both journals and a blog post everyday? Or do you consider journals as form of writing part.
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I find that keeping a schedule is very helpful. That way, if I ever miss out on a day’s work, I will know how much I need to catch up the day after.
Some very useful tips
I write every day in the evenings. As I’m currently not working, I always find to do it and if I want to do something else at the evenings, I make sure to write at noon. Generally, I don’t take days off except if I feel close to burnt out (for external reasons and not for writing).
*I always find time to do it
Good tips here. Thanks for the share.
Thanks for sharing the tips! I really want to try them out but I….well, can’t, for atleast a month. My writing habits depend on my school routine. Got CBSE boards starting this month.
These are great, pretty much what I do already, but still good tips.
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