We all know that there are good and bad habits, however some find it difficult to create good habits. This is because good habits usually take effort on our part and well, not everyone wants to put effort into things that they feel can be done at anytime.
Making writing into a habit is indeed a heavy task. It takes planning, some serious self coaching and a whole lot of stress relievers. Is it worth it? Of course! Is it easy to do? Not really, but it makes finishing that book ten times easier.
To create a writing habit the first thing you need to do is pick a place to write. This can be anywhere from your living room, to your favourite café.
The next thing you need to do is set up limitations. This seems to be the hardest for people. Not everyone likes to turn off their cell phones, and nowadays many of us use our laptops to do both our rough and good copies when writing, however distractions can have a huge effect on what it is we are writing. If you want to produce a good product then you need to give it your full attention.
Now, what you need to do is schedule a specific time to write. You can try for a couple days a week, or an hour a day. Make sure that you stay consistent. To create a good writing habit you must make sure you are constantly following the schedule.
Tip: Feeling stressed? Do something else!
A teacher of mine suggested that whenever I was feeling stressed out, or had trouble brainstorming to work on some other project. In this case it is best to pick something writing related but I do not recommend starting a completely new novel. I’ve found that doing so can cause you to stop working on your current book. Instead try writing a short story, or a fan fiction based off of your book. You could also try our other styles of writing for fun, or refine your writing skills.