How Do You Form a Daily Writing Habit?
Here are 4 tips that can help you with that!
Observe, Read, and Study
Start by observing other people’s writing styles. If you find an article that you really like and it resonates with you, start by rewriting that in your own voice. It’s a strategy to jump-start your writing. Another thing I get inspiration from is email newsletters that I’ve signed up for. Currently, I’m signed up for newsletters from Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi, Matt De’Avella, and Neil Patel. Every week I get something from each one of them and 9 times out of 10 when I read them I get inspiration on a topic or multiple topics to write about.
The same goes for reading books or even listening to podcasts. There is an endless supply of topics to write about, you just need to open your mind up to the different mediums to get it from.
Studying is essential to stay ahead in the industry as well. There are so many small tips and tricks to elevate your writing and keep improving it. I’ve been writing full-time for 6 years now and I’m still learning.
Have a Set Time Each Day To Write
Nothing is more important to a writer than having a routine. First, think about what time is the best for you to write. In the morning or evening? Before/after the kids are awake? Set a daily reminder on your phone and/or to-do list. When it’s time, sit down and write. Once you have developed the habit of writing at that time each day, you don’t necessarily need to set an alarm.
For me, my time to write is during the morning hours. That’s when my focus, energy, and creativity are at their peak. However, since my full-time job is writing, I’m writing all day, so I have tactics in place to keep my focus, energy, and productivity firing on all cylinders throughout the day.
Don’t Set The Bar Too High
A great way to get started is by using a writing prompt journal. It’s a journal that provides you with many different prompts, questions, and situations. It gets your mind moving in a specific direction instead of just sitting there staring at a blank page.
I’m currently writing 3000 to 4000 words per day, but I didn’t start there. When I began my writing career I think my first article was around 600 words and that was written over the course of a week, so maybe 100 words per day. If you try to go too big, you’ll burn out and become discouraged.
Set your initial daily goal to something easily attainable and go from there. Freewriting is a great way to start writing. No need to worry about grammar, punctuation, or sentence structure. Just start writing whatever comes to mind. Then, keep going.
Remove All Distractions
Once you’ve identified the perfect time of day to do your writing, be sure to remove any distractions during that time frame. Put your phone on silent mode and face down on a table or desk. That last thing you want is to be distracted by notifications that can wait.
I prefer to sit on my front porch because it gets me out of my house where I could be easily distracted by more than just my phone. Either way, whatever it is that can distract you from writing, be sure to take the necessary steps to reduce those distractions.