Getting In the Writing Habit

Getting in the writing habit is something that would seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how hard it can be when you first set out to write your new book.

Writing for long periods is not something most people do for a living, so when starting out, you must get yourself into a routine.

Be Prepared

Inspiration can hit you at any time and you need to be prepared for it. 

If you have been thinking about writing and trying to decide what to do with your characters, sometimes an idea will hit you at what seems the most inopportune time. 

It’s always a good idea to keep a small notepad and pen with you or in several areas of your home, so you can jot down those quick ideas so that when you sit down later to write, you have a few ideas ready to go.

This notetaking will also help with that pesky writer’s block as you never have to think about what you can write about.

Find Your Workspace

Now that you are ready to write, you will need a comfortable workspace so that there are no distractions that keep your focus on things other than your writing.

Your workspace doesn’t have to be ultra-fancy, it must be quiet, well lit, and distraction free.

You can use a spare room in your home as an office.  If you don’t have a spare room, you can find a nice quiet corner in the least traveled area of your home.

Set A Schedule

Now that you have your idea and a place to work, you need to get down to the actual work and write.

The easiest thing you can do for yourself is to set a schedule in which you plan to write.

If you write best in the morning, then get up early and write while you drink your coffee.

If you write best at night, then sit down before bed and type out a few hundred words.

There is no right or wrong way to schedule yourself.  You must pick a time that is optimal for you and your hectic life.

Let Others Know Your Writing Schedule

Let everyone in your home know that this is your time and that you cannot be disturbed.  Not only do you need to get in the habit of writing, but they need to get in the habit of letting you write.

If you set the schedule in stone and adhere to it, you will find it is easier and easier to do, and you even begin to look forward to it.

Get a kitchen timer and set it nearby so that you can stick to your schedule, especially if you write in the mornings before work.  You don’t want to get so absorbed in your writing that you are late for the job that pays the bills until you sell that first novel.

Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination can be your worst enemy.  Unless you get in the habit of writing every day, you will be able to talk yourself out of it with ease.

Every moment of your day does not have to revolve around writing.  Set aside the time that you do have available and make the most of it.

Don’t spend your time worrying about the other things that you could be doing but aren’t.  You will get to the other things on their schedule but, for now, this time is only for writing.

Read this post about the insanity of thinking about writing. Don’t sit around just thinking about writing, go out and actually do it.

What If I Don’t Know What To Write?

Sometimes you may find that you don’t know what to write about today.  That doesn’t have to concern you at this stage.

Write something.

Get in the habit of writing.  Do it every day even if it is only a few minutes.

When you feel like you have no inspiration, jot down all your thoughts and events for the day to see where they lead you.

You don’t have to put out a chapter of a book every time you sit down.

You may find that when you relax and write mundane things, inspiration will suddenly hit you because you are not trying to force it.

If you have been jotting down ideas as they come throughout the day, you should have ready made things to write about when you sit down and start.

Find What Motivates You

Find something that motivates you to want to write and become good at it.

Are you hoping to pen a best-seller? 

Are you wanting to make money blogging?

Find a motivation and use it to make sure you stick to your schedule. 

Get a spreadsheet and mark down every day that you meet your goal.  When you reach a predetermined number of checks, then reward yourself with something you enjoy. 

Enjoy that glass of wine or buy that nice blouse you have been wanting.

Use those promised rewards as a way to keep you motivated to do even more.

Writing Rewards!

Find Your Balance

When you keep doing something every day, you will find that you become better at it.  It becomes less stressful.

You may find that you even begin to look forward to writing every day.

When you first learned to ride a bicycle, it did not seem natural. 

You had to keep getting on it and falling off until you learned to balance yourself.  Pretty soon you are riding that bike all over the neighborhood and doing jumps from a ramp. 

Writing is much the same way.  You keep doing it until you find the right balance and, once you find your sweet spot, you will be able to keep going getting better and better with each word.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice makes perfect, and when you write every day, that is what you are doing; practicing.

Let the writer in you, get out for the world to enjoy.

Make time every day to help you get into the writing habit