How to develop a writing habit
It may sound like there’s the holy grail of writing habits, and some blog coaches want you to think just that. But in truth, the right writing habit varies as much as our routines, family lives, work structure, and natural rhythms.
To find the right writing practice for you, you must get insight into what actually makes it work. You need to follow a process of discovery:
1. Writing habits that come hard
If you’re reading this article chances are you’ve already tried to write regularly at some point, but failed for some reason or other.
2. Exploring different writing habits
The first thing to establish is “what does your current routine allow for?”
Keep in mind the number of hours you work, how much writing time can you realistically afford? And start by earmarking the amount of time you can write for in a week or in a month.
For the sake of this article let’s say you come up with 3 hours per week to write.
3. Explore different writing times
Look at different ways that might work if you block off this time, for example, what if you write daily for 45 minutes, or weekly for 3 hours or monthly for 12 hours?
Imagine these scenarios and find out which ones are feasible in terms of your work schedule. If you have face time with clients you may not be able to disappear for 2 days per month.
But perhaps blocking off 45 minutes a day or 3 hours a week might work. On the other hand, if every week looks different for you and it’s hard to keep a routine you may find that blocking off 2 days a month works well for your work routine.
4. Understand your own writing rhythms
You may find that you write better in the beginning of the day or on a Monday before you’ve opened your inbox. Or perhaps you’re more focused on a Friday once you’ve gotten the big goals for the week out of the way.
5. What’s the best time mentally for you to develop the habit?
Try different times and also explore times outside of working hours if this is feasible. There was a time when my schedule fitted an early morning hour of writing before my daughter woke up. Now that she’s older I do my writing when she’s at school. I also like to batch weekly. I write something small daily (like an email or a social media post just for 30 mins) but my blog-writing is done in one day as a bulk early in the week before client requests start mounting up.
Once you’ve considered all the above, write down some alternative ways that might work for you. Perhaps writing daily or weekly would both work for you at the beginning of the day but you don’t know which feels better in the long run. Try both for a month each. And see which one feels easier for you. Which one is more distraction prone, which one produces more and better writing?
Stick to your findings and always know that if you fall off the writing habit you can always start again, perhaps with a different rhythm. I find that different seasons require a different rhythm for me.
I write on Mondays in the winter and Fridays when my daughter’s off from school. My focus time seems to shift as my schedule changes.
Whatever you pick, understand that a good writer needs a writing practice to become and stay a good writer. Practice is all it takes.
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