Writing is a beautiful way of expression. However, sometimes it does not seem to flow by itself. You start feeling lost in your own story or maybe you lose fascination for what you are writing. If you want to remain productive and finish a story or writing project, what you need is good writing habits.
When your muse is on a holiday, your writing habits will save you!
In this post I want to share with you what keeps me going, when the muse refuses to offer me an enlightening kiss. It’s really just small changes you can integrate into your life. But hey, when it comes to writing it really matters to build a solid set of habits that support your flow. So, maybe you find some helpful advice in this list, or it might inspire you to come up with your own writing habits.
1. Getting up early to write
During the week I get up before 6 am. That leaves me at least one hour time to write, before I have to get ready for work. Why in the morning? Well, what time of the day you make your holy writing time is up to you. What matters is that it works for you EVERY SINGLE DAY. For me, the morning is the only time where I am by myself. That’s why I use it. For you it could also be the late evening or your lunch break. As long as you write every day, it’s fine.
2. Writing on the go
I am not inspired all the time, but when I am, I write immediately. No matter where I am or who I am with. Because if I didn’t there would be no way I could focus on anything else. Sometimes I jam down a whole story or blog entry. The worst feeling is to feel the flow and not go with it. That’s why I keep my notebook close at all times. I guess it could be called an obsession.
3. Spending time on thinking
I am not the biggest fan of plotting. But I realized that I hit a dead end after about 30 pages, if I just start writing. Especially bigger projects like novels require some degree of planning. I don’t usually write everything down, draw characters or places. Anyhow, I observe my surrounding to find places that remind me of what I imagine for my novel. My characters are usually inspired by real people. I put together my novel in my head and draw a mind map of important details. Sometimes I would also write an exposé. It helps to write in short what it’s about
4. Writing even though I think it’s bad
Many times I would feel like what I am writing is not perfect and maybe I would delete all of it later. I write it anyway. Why? Because if I continue it usually gets better. Often I find, if I read it the next day, that it wasn’t bad at all. It’s a matter of letting creativity flow without trying to edit or to be perfect. I tell myself: It’s my first draft, I will work on it later anyway.
5. Define your goals
I find it helpful to set a timeframe for each writing project. You don’t want to drag out writing a novel for too long, you might lose focus and inspiration over time. If it is hard for you to stick to your plan, consider participating in an event like NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo. They are both free, encourage you to set a goal and also stick to it. Plus: You get to talk to other writers, who are also in the process of finishing a project.
I hope reading about my writing habits inspires you to continue with your own writing projects, dear fellow writers. Feel free to ask me, if you have any questions.