StatCounter

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Writing Habits


Do you have a writing schedule? Do you write everyday?
One of the things I’ve always been told is you need to write everyday.

It’s a habit that many good writers follow. I run a BIAW four times a year for my writing group, Kiss of Death. The message I try to get across to the participants is that the purpose of BIAW is to develop a habit of writing every day. The actual word count is secondary. If it’s 100 words every day for the week, you’re on track for making your writing a habit. Then you need to keep it up after BIAW finishes.
Maybe find a writing partner and post totals every day. It’s the accountability factor. If you’re being honest and have to check in with someone everyday it should encourage you to write a few words w everyday.

People tell me they didn’t have time to write – family interfered, it was a long day at work.
My reply is, you can find a few minutes. What about ten minutes before you go to bed? Or maybe 15 minutes during a lunch hour if you work? Or get up ten minutes earlier and write?

Other things such as NaNo, to me, it’s not so much finishing, it’s writing a few words every day.

How badly do you want it? Can you find a few minutes every day?
Do you write every day? How do you manage it?

6 comments:

  1. I try to write in bed at night but lately I'm crashed so early! I'll fit it in.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I couldn't write in bed - not at night. I'd fall asleep, but often I write first thing in the morning as soon as I wake up, because I often have ideas about the story then.

      Delete
  2. I try, but sometimes I fail. You make me want to try harder - on some days, I only write a short paragraph, but at least it's something!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's hard, but even five minutes a day. It becomes a habit and then it's hard to break.

      Delete
  3. I also try to write each day, but I'm a terrible procrastinator. Most days I tell myself I'll start as soon as I do one more thing, and then one more. Before I know it, it's time for family responsibilities to kick in. It's a terrible habit that I have to break, or my next book will never see the light of day. Thanks for the tips.

    Mia McKimmy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is so easy to do. Maybe write 5 minutes before you go to bed. You won't go to bed much later and you shouldn't have anything to do at that time.

      Delete