We’ve all read countless articles online telling us we need to develop habit XYZ in order to be a more productive writer. The problem with these articles is they all say the same thing and it all boils down to common sense. The people who write these articles are simply recycling content. Don’t get me wrong; the advice is good advice, usually, but a different person rewriting it every week is annoying.
With that in mind, I looked back over few weeks and tried to pick out habits I have that work for me. I don’t know if my habits will work for you. I’m going to share them anyway. These habits will help you become a better writer.
Scheduling Time To Write
I bet that’s a shocker. However, I don’t set my schedule the traditional way. I look at my calendar on Sundays and try to find at least two hours per day for at least 4 or 5 days. I never entertain the idea that I can write every day because life will get in the way. I love writing, but I love my family too and I think they deserve some time with me. So I make sure I schedule some time and ban writing from getting in the way of life. Trust me.
Write Today But Edit Tomorrow
Don’t edit as you write or immediately after writing a piece. I know it is tempting and we are all guilty of doing it, but it will hurt your writing. Unless I’m working under a deadline, I will often write 3 or 4 articles one day and edit them the next day. I have been known to write for a few days before stopping to edit.
Do Not Start Writing Unless You Plan To Finish Writing
I have dozens of unfinished articles in a folder on Google Drive. Some have been in there for a few years. I would have a great idea, or so I thought, but once I began writing my interest was lost or I was distracted by one thing or another. Special circumstances aside, there is no reason to write part of an article and plan to finish it later. You won’t do it. Write the whole thing even if it means fact checking later. After all, you can make adjustments tomorrow while you are editing.
Set Goals That Are Almost Impossible
Setting your goals high will help keep your intensity up and fight off the temptation to be lazy which is key to becoming a better writer. Don’t start out setting a goal you are destined to fail. If you think you can write 5000 words a day then make that a goal, but don’t be afraid or lose faith in yourself when you have to adjust your goals. The reason for setting your goals high is so you can adjust them down until you find the sweet spot. Adjusting goals up never works.
Believe In Yourself
It sounds simple, but a lot of great articles, novels, stories, poems and the like go unpublished every year and die alone in someone’s pool of fear and doubt. Rejection is part of being a writer so get used to it. Everything you write will not get published, but every piece you publish will make up for the ones that didn’t make it.
Start writing now by leaving a comment. Let me what daily habits help you maintain a healthy writing lifestyle.