I am sure you have a dozen reasons why you are not writing.
“I never get to it”
“I am still nursing those ideas”
As writers, we are our worst enemies. If you don’t intentionally build effective habits as a writer, you will end up being a person that talks about writing, dreams about writing but never puts a word down.
In writing, you must actually get to it.
What habits can we learn as writers? Are there things we can do to make us better?
Have an orderly daily routine that pays.
This is hard but it works. Do an important task daily.
The creative process can be chaotic. There are usually so many things to put down, so many ideas in your head and it can get really overwhelming.
We all know that being an artist can be really messy and demanding. You will find it easier when you set your priorities right by placing some things first.
According to the writer, George Flaubert “be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work”
Organization gives you the freedom to really create.
For example, when do you write? What do you read?
You can decide that your writing must take place before you set out to work, or before you go to sleep. You can place importance on the number pages you read daily.
You can plan when to read, write or do actual research. Organization can be really helpful.
Successful writers do not just take writing as a hobby. They see it as work. If you don’t maintain this energy with your writing, you will accommodate a lot of excuses and end up showing up less.
Writing everyday is a defiant act of discipline and consistency. It is a clear message that you are interested in trusting the process..
Note that writing everyday does not mean writing excessively. Do not get overwhelmed by the notion that you must produce an extensive amount of work in one sitting. Give yourself time. Breathe.
You can choose to write 300 words daily or 200 words, with time you can improve and watch yourself become excellent in your art.
So face the screen, face your fears and decide what you will do.
“I am waiting for inspiration to write”
“I don’t feel the muse”
You need to unlearn saying stuff like that if you want to get serious.
Successful writers have found ways to record their ideas throughout the day so that they never run out of what to write on when it is time.
Do you have a challenge knowing what to write?
Mark twain carried a pocket notebook with him during the day so that he could put down fleeting thoughts and ideas
How can you cultivate this habit?
Carry a notebook around and be intentional and conscious of the ideas that you get. You can also use a digital app to store your ideas.
Another hack is to always have a list of ideas. On your free time, write down a number of things that you are interested in writing about.
On blank days, that list will be your savior.
I’d love to hear from you. We continue next week!