Developing a writing habit, is the foundation if you’re looking on pursuing a serious writing career. However, writing consistently might be something you’ve been struggling with for years. And yes, it’s normal. A lot of people go through it. But there are certain practical steps you can take to be able to achieve it.
1. Set up a writing space
Habituating yourself with a specific place makes it easier to get into the writing workflow. So find a spot- it could be your room, a desk, a comfortable couch, the library. Find what works for you and stick to it. You will notice yourself getting accustomed to the ritual and writing a more enjoyable process.
2. Set a Goal
Setting goals helps trigger new behavior and sustain a habit. One way to build a writing habit it so set word count goals. A good example is is a goal to write 500 words every day for the new month. Ensure your writing goals are specific, quantifiable and realistic.
3. Time your writing sessions
Set out a specific amount of time to spend writing on a daily basis. It could be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 5 hours. Time your sessions and do your best to reach the time limit. When you continuously show up for your craft in this way, you get better.
4. Writing Challenges
Writing challenges are a sure fire way to build a writing habit. The NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a popular one. The creative writing challenge takes place throughout the month of November and the goal is to write 50,000 words of a new novel by writing an average of 1.700 words per day. The writing is done directly on the NaNoWriMo website and if you reach the word count by the end of the month you are said to have won the event! Search for writing challenges, prompt providers that can help you gain consistency in writing.
5. Join a Writing Community
Joining a writing community may be just what you need to stay accountable. You may find it difficult to achieve your goals on your own, be experiencing writer’s block or just don’t know how to go about your work. A community of writers just as yourself will keep you motivated. You also get access to helpful resources such as classes, webinars, writing meetings and other tools.
Tell! Africa is Africa’s first fully integrated publishing community for storytelling, book publishing, editing, ghostwriting and online courses. You can sign up to become a member. The creative community has over 15,000 writers, thinkers and storytellers!
That’s it for my tips on how to build a writing habit. I hope these were helpful.