Writing Journal 26: How to Make Writing a Habit

Writing Journal 26: How to Make Writing a Habit

My writing journal for Sunday, September 7, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Another wonderful morning for my fourth novella for my ghostwriting client: 2,700 words. It’s flowing like water, AND the characters keep surprising me. That’s the reason I love fiction: it’s a true joy when the characters become real.

The nonfiction book is doing well too. Another 1,500 words, in just two timer sessions. I could have carried on with it, but it’s Sunday.

How to make writing a habit

A reader asked me whether you “should” write every day.

Do what you can. In my first few years as a writer, I didn’t write every day. I’ve often talked about how challenging I found writing. It wasn’t easy. I wanted to write, and I loved writing. But I had to force myself to sit down at the typewriter and then stay where I’d planted myself, rather than running away.

Looking back, writing became much easier once I got my first Apple computer, and studied Gabriele Rico’s book.

Before the Apple, writing meant golf-balls, carbon paper, and correction fluid. A nightmare. I adored my Apple, because I’m a truly lousy typist.

Larry Block helped immensely too. I took his Write for Your Life seminar at the Vista Hotel in NYC in 1985. That seminar was a huge turning point for my writing. I played Larry’s tape of affirmations for years, until the cassette broke. :-)

Over time, writing just became a habit. I can’t imagine not writing every day.

However, asking whether you “should” write every day is the wrong question. If you’re asking yourself this, ask yourself how you can make writing more fun, instead.

If writing’s fun, you won’t be able to keep away from your work. Eventually, writing just becomes something you do every day – habitual.

As Carl Jung said: “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by play.” It’s my favorite quote. Focus on having FUN when you write. You can’t be creative without an element of play. When writing’s fun, you want to do it.

After I’ve fed Honey, and made some toast, I check the day’s email, which is light. I use Send to Kindle to add some students’ stories to my iPad, so that I can focus on them this evening.

Then, I send the MP3s of yesterday’s phone coaching sessions to the students.

Sunday is draft blogging day

Sunday, as always, is the day when I add to my collection of draft blog posts on my own blogs, as well as on client blogs.

A reader asked how many draft blog posts he “should” have lined up. I’m not big on stuff you “should” do, as you may know.

I like to have at least ten draft posts in each blog. I review them every few days. Some I discard, because the inspiration’s gone, or because I did some research and decided against the post. Other blog posts grow organically. Then I add some more content to them, and line them up for publication.

Do whatever is comfortable for you. I know a couple of professional bloggers who create no drafts. They have no editorial calendar. They know they have a certain number of blog posts to write each week, and they sit down and write them, cold. I admire that, I truly do. However, I couldn’t work that way, because I have too much going on. Having a cache of draft posts gives me a sense of security, and confidence.

Time for my walk.

And now it’s time for Sunday’s commitments.

Planning and preparing for the coming week

Several of my clients have sent me images, so I need to look them over, and Photoshop them a little to get rid of distractions in them. I also download some images I’ll need for my own blog posts this week.

Then it’s time to for the weekly review, to check last week’s progress, and check this week’s deadlines, to make sure that everything is on track.

That done, I tot up my word count for the day, and Sunday’s over.

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Author: Angela Booth

Copywriter Angela Booth's clients tell her she performs "word magic." Whether she's writing advertising materials, Web content, or ghostwriting for her clients, she's committed to helping them to achieve results, fast. Author of one of the first books about online business, Making The Internet Work For Your Business, Angela's written many business books which have been published by major publishers. She's an enthusiastic self-publisher and writing teacher.