If you are looking to make writing a regular habit, then you most certainly have to work on writing a couple of words every day. After all, repetition has its wonders. Through it, an individual can potentially master a craft or technique without having to think too much about it. Developing a consistent writing habit will keep you ahead and level up your writing skills. When you dedicate so much to something, it is only bound to succeed.
Not only will the habit improve your English skills, but it can also develop the way you communicate. It will also make you feel more fulfilled and productive at the end of the day while strengthening your skills in retention, memory recall, and learning. Below I will showcase a bunch of effective tips to make your writing sessions a lot easier.
- Do not overexert—writing small is alright.
Think quality over quantity. For instance, if you are working on writing a novel, a paragraph or two is okay. If you expect to write about four pages a day, that would not be so realistic especially if you have a regular job. If you do not accomplish the four pages, you will only get frustrated and furthermore discouraged. Here is the secret—tell yourself it’s okay to write small, it’s the habit of writing that you are working on after all. The rest should follow naturally.
- Use your calendar.
It is not a surprise that people tend to get carried away with various tasks and errands throughout the day. This is where your phone calendar goes in. Schedule your writing sessions. Give you writing hobby some much-deserved space in your day, just like eating or taking a bath. If you’re someone who has a really unstable schedule, it’s handy to have a notebook in your bag so that wherever you are, whenever ideas pop in your head, you’ll be able to quickly jot it down. Remember, random ideas can often be turning points to your masterpiece.
- Always have your writing tools readily available.
Post-Its, journal, blank pieces of paper, Word on your computer—you name it. Thanks to technological advancement, more and more writer tools are being invented. Moreover, having these tools in place will constantly remind you of the need to write.
- Stop overly criticizing your work.
It will take up so much of your time, trust me. Always remember that criticism and correction are done in the editorial stage, not writing per se. Have faith in your work, set a limited number of times you can re-read what you have written. Writers who underestimate this tip usually get crippled for longer periods. And more importantly, stop comparing your work to others. It’s really not a healthy thing to do since each writer writes uniquely in their own way.
- Organize a writing framework.
This will save so much of your time. Develop a step-by-step framework for when you are writing. Re-organize this format accordingly as you write, depending on your personal style. This is to keep your ideas in order throughout the writing process, minimizing confusion. This will make it a whole lot simpler to backtrack on details and such.
- Read, read, and read.
The reason for this is quite simple—by doing this you will naturally learn varying writing techniques and styles. You will also effectively broaden your vocabulary. Reading a lot can also keep you inspired to write. It is not advisable to read just one genre. The more diverse your reading selections, the greater exposure, and more valuable lessons. Get out of your reading comfort zone and take an adventure to the unknown.
These six tips should get you writing more regularly in no time. Be sure to stay consistent, but equally flexible to not get yourself discouraged. And keep this in mind—all the best writers in the world go through writer’s block, it is just a matter of picking yourself up, forgiving yourself, getting the tools ready, developing the habit, and remaining true to your passion. I hope this helped, happy writing!