Developing a writing habit.




Much has been, is and will no doubt be written about adopting a writing habit. I think that, as bloggers we can safely say that we have some sort of writing habit going on – but are we going about it the right way?

One of my favourite books that has helped me with my writing is Living Write by Kelly L Stone.[ Published by Adams Media.] If you can get a copy of this I would recommend it. I refer to it over and over again. I’ve no excuse really, I should be a brilliant writer by now!

This book covers the whole writing life thing and includes such useful topics such as :

  • Overcoming self-doubt.
  • Reaching your milestones.
  • Your vision of success plus.
  • Developing a writer’s mind-set.

I could go on and on about the different sections of this book, but I’m working on developing a productive writing habit…not one that leaves you all bored senseless. Was that someone leaving the room? As I said before, get yourself a copy.

Ms Stone has this to say:

‘ In order to become a writer, you have to create plans and take actions that bring about those desires. You have to set goals and objectives. You have to do something every day that helps you work toward your dream.’

I wonder how many of us set out, with good intentions to do that? I certainly do. I have two diaries: one for the everyday mess and mayhem and the other for my writing plans and objectives.

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Last thing at night you’ll find me making my plans for the next day. Which, in line with everyone else, finds me trying to fit a square peg into a round hole!

Needless to say, the next day doesn’t always go according to plan. But, I do ALWAYS write. Every single day. Even if it’s just my morning pages. Because I need to write something. If I don’t write I become even more bad-tempered and impossible than I usually am. I prowl around the house not really knowing what to do with myself. Then I write and hey presto! Some normality returns.[As normal as I get.]

So, maybe in my strange twilight world I am getting something right, as I lurch, rather awkwardly towards my writing goals, stagger backwards and then hurl myself at them again, in a very un-ladylike manner.

Referring once again to my writing bible  Kelly says:

‘ There is power in the act of daily writing, and when you touch your craft every day , it becomes part of your life, a habit that you’ll miss if you skip it too often.’

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How about you?

  • Do you feel the need to write daily?
  • How do you feel if you don’t write?
  • Do you have any tips to help us fellow writers fulfil our writing dreams?
  • Perhaps you’ve reached your writing goals…how did it feel?
  • Did you rush straight out and set a new goal?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Thursday.

Until the next time.


6 thoughts

  1. I like to think I pick up/learn something each time I read someone’s blog. I do when I read yours. I laugh at the surface of your words and then do find something deeper to take with me.
    Now please don’t ask me what the dippity deepity stuff I extracted from you was. 🙂

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    • That’s kind of you. Of course I would love to know what the dippity deepity stuff was that you extracted from me. But, I know what you mean. Even I, can’t explain myself.
      You write lovely poetry…I can’t do that: lovely or otherwise! x


  2. My goal is to write every day but that does not happen. One of the things I’m working on this year is getting more organization in my writing- a schedule for posts, writing posts ahead of time, personal writing….

    I find myself getting very antsy when I don’t write every day.

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  3. Yes, I find it helps me if I have some posts scheduled, or at least have some idea and notes of what I’m going to write. That said, that didn’t happen today. I just sat down and came up with a quick idea. Okay for short posts. Meatier posts need to be planned out and researched more, don’t they.
    Have you tried doing morning pages? It works for me and that’s unusual, because I’m not very good with routines!
    As for organisation…I’m hopeless. If you come up with any cool ideas – do share!
    Thanks for taking the time to comment. x


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