Make Writing a Habit: Just Write it! Series

How to Make Writing a Habit

The Dream to Write–the Dream to Publish

make writing a habitMake writing a habit. Easier said than done, right? As a publishing coach, I speak with people often with a dream to write a book. Their dream has been hanging on for a long time in most cases. Many take courses, or hire me as a private write coach to get that dream moving. But how can you get your dream to write in motion? Obviously, you must start writing, and continue write. How can you make writing a habit?

This work is my joy. There is nothing like the exhilaration of being published for the first time. When working with first time authors, I have the honor and privilege of experiencing that joy and exhilaration with them.

For many this accomplishment is a long journey, but well worth the effort. On this journey, a writer becomes an author … a published author, and friends, family, and peers see them in a whole new light. The new published author sees themselves in a whole new light as well.


Benefits of Being Published

Being able to write and communicate a heart-felt message is an accomplishment and a completion of a journey. Some people are sharing fiction, or non-fiction, but communicating a passion in whatever form makes the writer a better person.  Sharing deep secrets, truths, skills, or lessons to people who need to hear them, makes a writer or a person whole, complete, fulfilled. This has a way of making a person a brighter, more enthusiastic, fulfilled, and self-confident person.

Three Tips How to Make Writing a Habit

Beautiful woman writing note or idea, surrounded by lots of notes

If you want to write a book, screen play, an article, or a script, you will need to start making writing a habit. Once writing is a habit the book or script write itself. I write all the time, now. People thing I am super disciplined, but that is not true at all. I just love to write, and when I get an inspired idea, nothing can keep me from it. If I am writing 10 to 12 hours a day, from the outside, it looks like I am super disciplined; but I am just inspired.

Here are three tips for making writing a habit:

  1. PRACTICAL METHOD: Start a journal, diary, blog, or dream notebook. Write 100 words a day. This will take about 5 minutes. Some people have amazing dreams, and keeping a dream notebook is a great way to make writing a habit. You wake up with instant writing material!

2. INSPIRATIONAL APPROACH: Write a list of all the book, story, or article ideas that you have ever had! This might take a few days or weeks, but once you try this technique, you’ll quickly move into actually writing these pieces.

3. PURE DISCIPLINE: This one might work for you: Set aside a quiet, regular time and place to sit and write for half an hour each day. This is too disciplined for me, but one of my writer friends who is a best-selling author with a regular full-time job, wrote 14 books in a period of 10 years by writing for half an hour before going to work each morning.

Whatever method you try to make writing a habit, decide today to “Just Write it,” and start your journey today for becoming a passionate and joyful published author.

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