Habits and routines are crucial tools for every writer, but why do you need both?
To better understand the difference, let’s start by defining them.
Habit – Things we do automatically without thinking – behaviors
Routine – A regular way of doing things in a particular order
From the definitions, you can see how they work together. Routines build good habits and habits are necessary to create routines.
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Having both are essential to reach your writing goals, whether your goal is:
- Writing daily/regularly
- Writing your first draft
- Participating in National Novel Writing Month
- Outlining your book
Regardless of the goal, they require steps to complete. Those steps are taken throughout your day and become part of your routine.
When you take consistent steps to write and action toward your goals, that’s when you achieve writing success.
Can you get there other ways? Of course you can. But, will you get there when you want to? Probably not.
But how do you go about creating good writing habits and routines?
Build A Writing Routine
Creating a writing routine isn’t just about writing everyday, it’s about building a routine that fits your life so it’s easy to follow. You’re setting yourself up for failure and a boat load of guilt if you try to follow a routine that doesn’t fit your life.
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When you trip up, it’s easy to let yourself feel guilty and wallow for days, weeks, and even months. This kind of guilt keeps you from writing. You have to recognize that writing is a journey and you will fail, but in order to get back on track you’ll need to forgive yourself and move one.
Face Your Writing Fears
Fears are a part of your writing life, and won’t ever go away. You can learn to be more confident in yourself and your writing, but at points in your writing journey, fears will attack you. The key to face them head on so they don’t cripple you, and stop you from writing.
You can overcome your fears by writing them down, and then identify one to three decisions you can make to move past them. These decisions can be ones you’ve made in the past to overcome your fears, or new ones you want to try.
Keep Moving Forward
Failure is inevitable, regardless of who you are and what you do. But, what will set you apart from other writers, is your ability to keep moving forward after your failures, and to not give up, no matter what obstacles you face.
This is the number advice I give to the writers in the CayWriters FB Group. Every writer’s journey is different, and you have no clue the sacrifices the writer you’re comparing yourself with made to be where they’re at.
Unless you’re using comparison as motivation or inspiration, comparison is a killer, making you feel that all your efforts will never be enough. DON’T DO IT!
Do you use writing habits and routines? Which ones work best for you?
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