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You Can Develop A Writing Habit

Updated on March 18, 2012

You Have To Start Somewhere

For some people writing comes easy, with just a blink of an eye. Yet for others it may take a bit more practice and reaching for those ever elusive ideas.  But one thing is for sure, writing everyday for a specific amount of time is going to be beneficial if you are serious about writing.

And to do that, you have to make writing a habit. Something you do like brushing your teeth, or shutting off the lights. Not all habits are bad, by choosing to write everyday, you are making writing a good habit. So,  lets get busy and start making writing a habit you will enjoy for a long time to come.

Make It A Habit...
Make It A Habit...

Are You Ready To Write?

 1. Write Something Every Single Day, No Matter How Small 

When you write everyday it is going to help structure a routine and set up a schedule. First off, choose a good time that is good for you to write every day,  and use that time for your writing, nothing else but your writing. That is going to be your individual time. Your time to create.

It is also a good idea to set some goals,  how long or how many words you want to write every day. If you pick 100 words, then you can gradually exceed that number as you go along. Now there are going to be days you do not want to write, but if you can, write a sentence or two. Even if it is just random sentences, write it down, you can make something out of it later. Remember, the point is to create that habit of writing. A few sentences are better than no sentences. Keep that in mind.

2. Set Realistic Goals For Yourself-Aiming For The Moon Is Not Realistic

These can be just about anything. Aim low, then gradually aim higher until you reach your ultimate goals. For example,  you could set a goal as to how much time you will spend writing every day, perhaps two hours in the morning with coffee. You may set a goal on  what kind of material you will choose to write about, or you may choose to write a certain number of words in a certain number of hours. Keep it simple and you will succeed.

You get to make up the rules. Just remember to be realistic. You do not want to set yourself up to fail, but at the same time, you want to challenge yourself just a little bit.

3. Never Forget Your Notebook-It Is What Keeps You Going

Always have that notebook with you. Or keep several around so you always have a place to keep your thoughts.  You never know when the greatest idea of all time will pop into your head. You may see something amazing and want to jot down all the exact details. You may run into a celebrity and get an exclusive interview.  Without that notebook you are out of luck, because 9 times out of 10 you aren't going to remember that stuff off the top of your head later on.

If you don't have that notebook, your great ideas have no where to go.  If you're on public transportation and have nothing better to do, but day dream, you have your notebook right there to jot those day dreams  down. All that people watching gives you a plethora of information.

The more detailed you are in recording your inspirations the more resource  you will have for the next piece you write about.  Remember, the intention for all this  is to develop a good writing habit.

4. Read, Read, And Keep Reading, And Then Read Some More

I read that  well known authors say, a writer is a reader. I have to say that is pretty much true. If we didn't read, we wouldn't have very many thought's in our heads now would we? Read everything you can, even things you are not so fond of. Learning is the greatest power we have. It is where our imaginations comes from.

Enlighten yourself,  broaden your horizons, expose yourself up to newspapers,  magazines,  journals,  and  blogs. Reading keeps you up-to-date on what is going on in the world and what happened in the past and even the predictions of the future, it feeds your thirst for fantasy,  fun, and the bizarre,  it builds your vocabulary, and your creativity.  And most of all gives you something to think about. And you just might find something really good to write about.

5. Join A Writing Workshop Or  Creative Writing Class

When you join a writer's workshop or take creative writing courses,  you are given  opportunities to improve you're writing, spelling and grammar skills.  You will meet other writers that share your interests,  who can critique your writing, and offer suggestions that may help you with your writing accomplishments. You may make a writing buddy or two along the way.

There are several  ways  to join writing workshops, or creative writing courses.  You can attend  in person, order one on DVD, or join a creative writing course online. And you will find many of them at little or no cost to you.

6. You Are A Writer, Don't you Think You Should Call Yourself One?

Start with calling yourself a writer if you write. How do you expect other people to call you a writer if you don't call yourself one. You don't have to be a rich and famous author to be called a writer. By calling yourself a writer, you are giving yourself the motivation you need to continue writing. So the next time someone asks you what you do, go ahead, tell them you are a writer.
 

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    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      5 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you kellyteam. A writing class gives you much more of a focus I think.

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      Willette 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Good job! I particularly like the idea about joining a workshop or writing class. Good ideas. Thanks.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you I am glad they were useful for you.

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      Chloe 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Great list of tips. Very useful.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you Barraoc, yes I understand how you feel about feeling naked about calling oneself a writer. But you must, if you write, that is what you are ;)

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      B.C. Hollywood 

      7 years ago from Co. Meath, Ireland

      An inspirational hub, thank you. I especially like the advice at the end about declaring oneself a writer. I've always felt 'naked' at the thought of this...

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Hi rgarnett-Thank you. Yeah I use to just write here and there and whenever. Getting very little writing done. So now I have a schedule to write and outside of that schedule I can write even more if I want. I just need to find some direction in my writing habits. I was all over the place. I mean I was thinking about writing 24/7, but producing so much less. Being bipolar and taking medications has had an affect on me as well over the last year. So it works really well if I structure my routine. I hope you can build the focus so in November you'll be ready for NaNo. :)

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      Rachael Fields 

      8 years ago from KC, MO

      These are awesome tips. I have found that its harder to write outside the month of November. Ya know, NaNoWrimo takes over my life in November. However, I have noticed with HubPages it has helped a bit. I admit that I have been slacking in the writing department, perhaps its that I can only focus on one hobby at a time. Thanks for reminding me that writing is the passion I need to nurture!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Your welcome lisa-Join Hubpages and start writing :)

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      lisa 

      8 years ago

      thanks, I needed that

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you leni sands.

      HoopBot-Thank you. I would think if you are writing everyday that the quality of your writing would improve. By joining a writing course you are going to improve upon your writing in some capacity right there. I agree you want your writing to be good, that is where setting goals comes in. To always be better, to move forward. Thank you for your comment it is appreciated :)

      TheBloggger-You are so right. People watching is a big one. I remember sitting on a laundromat once watching a young mother trying to get her laundry done while watching her six children. It was amazing how each child had a different personality, how each one responded to their mother and so on. So much to write about. Thanks for reading :)

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      TheBloggger 

      8 years ago

      Don't forget eavedropping! Where I live, going to a restaurant and listening to folks at the next table is an everyday occurence. You learn so much about what OTHER people are thinking and doing. Thanks for the tips!

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      HoopBot 

      8 years ago from Internet

      Great tips, I agree strongly with the fourth one on the list but I believe that you've missed out probably the most important one: improving. Writing everyday could well cause you to lapse into a way of doing it ... but the quality of your stuff probably won't improve. I'd say one should focus on making each sentence written perfectly well, and each paragraph to flow naturally off the tongue.

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      Leni Sands 

      8 years ago from UK

      Excellent! Great hub

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