So, you’re a writer?
Then what we are about to discuss is too damn relevant for you to ignore.
Today we are going to talk about writing habits and how to keep writing consistently.
As a writer, what are you writing goals? Do you write daily or weekly? Are you one of those writers who would love to write daily but somehow don’t manage to? Don’t worry. I am one of them. Rather was until last year. But over the past few months, I have been writing daily. And the results are mind-blowing; to say the least.
Most authors we love, have time and again, emphasized on the importance of writing daily. Some have gone on to share their tricks, their writing patterns to conquer the habit. Taking inspiration from them and blending it with my own experience, in this blog post, I am going to talk about some of the best ways to ensure you write daily.
Set a goal
Nothing is achieved better without a goal. A goal chases you, hounds you, and beats you to accomplish what you started. No matter what one does, goals barely leave you alone. They lurk at the back of your heads until you throw your hands up in the air and get down to it. Always have a goal and ensure these are doable ones. Start small but stick to it.
Have a Catalyst
A friend or critic always comes handy when it is about motivation. Facing a dull day or a bad one, a friend can work on turning it around for you. They become the catalyst for your work. Assign a friend who will regularly follow up with you to know if you’ve achieved the day’s writing task. If you ask me, have a critic for a catalyst. Because a critic will never tire of critically analyzing a work. They will chase you to a T ensuring you give them enough fodder to be running their grey matter over each day.
Set a time
Work by a schedule. Allot an hour, a half hour, maybe only 15 minutes of your day to writing. Shut the world out. Switch off your phone. And write. Yet better, have a place to go to for the writing to be done peacefully. Drop everything, in short. As a kid, I would leave behind everything to watch my favorite Tom & Jerry cartoon on TV. You must have had play hours, TV watching hours, etc. You have to do the same. If you can do it then, why not now?
Keep it Simple
What you write can be as simple as what your coffee was like, or what your mom cooked that day or what the weather is like, or past memories, etc. Actually, anything under the sun. As long as you are writing, it doesn’t matter what it is you are writing about. Someday, you’ll be able to use those drafts for a blog post or your novel. Don’t feel pressurized to add chapters to your book. Start simple, but start. Remember, it is the habit that is important at this stage. Later, you can channel your thoughts to more focussed writing.
Write a journal
I cannot stress enough on the importance of having a daily journal. One of the best and foolproof ways to ensure you get into a cultivate a daily writing habit. Note whatever you like, whatever you observe, personal or general things, and enter a date and time for each entry. It is not just a great way to capture memories but also a great tool to develop an effective writing discipline.
Remember the idea always is to write, not how you write, or what you write, or when you write. Understand your passion, dissect your inhibitions, and you’ll see the way through. It is never about ‘being unable’ but always about ‘being unclear’. In the words of Hosseini,
“You have to write whether you feel like it or not.”
I hope this blog post helps you recognise your weak spot, and work on it to develop a great writing habit. I wish you write consistently, and most importantly, wholeheartedly.
What is your writing habit? Do you believe in writing consistently or randomly? What are some of your daily writing practices?
Happy writing till we meet next.
Until then, carpe diem! 🙂
© Asha Seth