How to Make a Writing Habit
Okay. I've posted a LOT this last month about goals and writing goals and how to stay on top of them.
This post is about ACTION. This post is about sitting down and determining what kind of writer you are and what kind of writing routine you need to make so that you can suceed this year!
Let's dive in!
If you’re not a morning person, then DON’T wake up at 5am to write. I don’t care what famous author did it: if you try to wake up that early, you’re going to be miserable. Because it’s against your nature.
Instead, pick a time in the day that you know your brain is actually working and you'll have the motivation to get things done.
If you're a night owl, then you'll be more productive then.
And that's okay.
The whole "Habits from Successful People" bullshit makes me crazy! Just because that works for Oprah or Martha Stewart DOES NOT mean that it will work for you!
I just told you-you're not Oprah. Deal with it.
Make ENOUGH Time
It could take you a few minutes to get into the groove of writing and, if you've been writing for a while, you should know how long that takes.
If not, take a week and write at different times each day and make a note of the time, mentally one otherwise, of when you felt in the zone.
When you have that nailed down, make sure your writing time will account for your warm up time.
Obviously, having a ten minute block laid out for your writing doesn't work if you take fifteen minutes to get warmed up!
If you need it, find a writing prompt to get you warmed up. Often, you can get some really good scenes or character ideas from writing prompts!
Follow my boards on Pinterest! I compile a lot of really cool writing prompts that I find very helpful!
Set a reasonable goal each day
Even though it sounds insane, the 1667 word goal for NaNoWriMo each day is actually pretty reasonable!
Well, for me it is...
I can complete they goal in about an hour and a half of writing. Which is reasonable, even with two littles!
But, I don't want to do that every single day.
So my daily goal is 500 words! Much more reasonable and u can get it done in about 30 minutes.
Whatever you choose to do, find a goal that pushes you but doesn't overwhelm you into immobility.
If your goal makes you go "AAAAAAH" and then not want to open your computer all day, it's too big.
If you complete your goal and don't feel SATISFIED with your progress, it's not big enough. Find a happy medium.
If You Have a Trigger, Use It
Lots.of writers have a trigger that makes them WANT to write. This could be any number of things.
It could be putting on a certain sweater.
Listening to a certain song.
Drinking a cup of coffee or flavour of tea.
Maybe it's reading for a while.
Whatever your trigger is, make it happen to get you to write.
If You DON’T Have a Trigger, Don’t Set One
I see these posts ALL THE TIME!
"5 Habits of Successful Writers"
"What these writers do EVERY DAY to write"
Makes. Me. Crazy.
If you DONT need a trigger and can just sit down at a computer and write, DO THAT! DONT BREAK THAT!
You may need a reward system, but you may not need a trigger.
Set Up a Tracker
I have several trackers in the Bullet Journal for tracking my progress while I write.
One is a word count tracker, which is JUST like a habit tracker, but a graph of my total word count. Then I work every single day and fill up the tracker as I go.
The second tracker I have is an editing tracker. This shows me which scenes are done at which stage of the editing process.
This allows me to see what scenes in my editing process still need work and what stage I'm at.
Then I KNOW when I'm making progress and I don't feel like I'm spinning my wheels.
There you go!
Let me know if these tips help at all by getting in touch with me on social media or hop on my email list and tell me! I'd love to hear from you!
The Ginger Wordsmith 🐙