Be Better, Faster: Make Writing a Daily Habit

Get on the Right Track to Accomplish Your Writing Goals

Many authors hit the proverbial wall or performance plateau: Your attention wanes, distractions increase, you can’t seem to break any new ground in your writing, and the finish line is further away …

No matter what: Stay on track! Don’t give up. You’ve got a goal to meet and we can help.

Ready? Let’s do this!

5 Basic Steps to Get It Done

To increase your writing speed and fluency, practice regularly. Use these 5 steps to develop a writing routine.

  • Step One: Make Writing a Daily Habit

    Think about your day. Your schedule may be impeccably organized and prioritized down to the minute. Or it might be so loose that you may have a few routines (brush teeth, shower, eat, etc.), but you allow whatever comes your way to spontaneously take over. Most people are somewhere in between. If your day is rigid, make sure your writing goal is high up on your priorities and adjust your schedule accordingly. If your day is loose, make writing your first priority before you do anything else to ensure it doesn’t get lost on other impulses. Find balance by putting your derriere in your writing chair for at least 20 minutes every day to make writing a daily habit. Even if you cannot write X amount of words or an entire article, it’s better than nothing.

  • Step Two: Find a Time and Stick to It

    Pick a time that works for your creativity level and lifestyle. Many authors choose to write in the early hours of the morning or late into the night because they find the time is optimal for their creative output and they’re distraction free while everyone else is asleep. Don’t forget to rest! Adjust your sleep schedule accordingly to ensure you’re alert while writing for optimal creativity and productivity.

  • Step Three: Pick the Setting

    Routines are best established when they’re simple. Once you’ve establish a time you can commit to, pick a location with the basic tools to get the job done and stick to it. Elaborate tools and writing in “romantic” settings won’t bring success – you bring your own success. Making sure you have the right latte; the best voice operating software; a chair that has just the right amount of firmness and back support (but not too much or it’s going to be too relaxing); the right fountain pen and paper so smooth, it’s like writing on silk; etc. – you don’t need these things. You need something (anything) to write with, to be relatively comfortable, and you. Keep it simple and stick to it.

  • Step Four: Let Your Intentions Be Known

    In Friday’s post, we mentioned: “Inform those you live with of the importance of your goal and how they can specifically help you (even if it’s “don’t bother me” during a particular period of time).” To expand on this further: Tell friends and family of your writing goals and your plans to achieve it. Set boundaries and include them in your efforts by sharing an idea, asking them questions, and more. You’d be surprised how much your friends and family will respect and support your writing goal if you involve them in some manner. To ensure they don’t feel attention starved, plan one-on-one time with them.

  • Step Five: Be Accountable to Your Goals

    If writing is really important to you, then ensure it’s a priority and be mindful of that priority. Short of a life-threatening scenario, give yourself over to your writing goals no matter what. Don’t let non-essentials and less important people or things draw you away from your goal. Be accountable if you miss your daily writing session by ensuring you make up for it and reward yourself when you achieve milestones.

Thousands of authors worldwide are challenging themselves throughout the month of November to reach their writing goals. It’s never too late to start. Set your writing goal and get on the right track by preparing for obstacles and developing a routine using the above tips.

Additional Resources

  • 10 Distractions that Destroy Productivity: The WRONG Advice [Learn more]
  • Weekly Writing Plan to Strengthen Your Writing Muscles [Learn more]
  • 25 Writing Ideas and Article Topics to Reach Your Audience [Learn more]
  • Speed Up Article Writing Without Sacrificing Quality [Learn more]

Questions? Comments? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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14 Comments »


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Salihu S Dikko writes:

These tips or advises as out lined are very good, and can be very helpful if adhere to. However, every person or author is mindful of achieving much within some short period of time,but procrastination is the enemy within, and this why we go to learn from the monsters, how best they are beating it.

Comment provided November 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

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Randall Magwood writes:

If you have to wake up 1 hour before you day starts to write at least 1 article per day, this is a good start. Eventually it will become a good habit, and over time, you will find that the quality and quantity of your articles will increase. Just continue to research your niche, and be the obvious expert in your market.

Comment provided November 4, 2013 at 2:33 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

It’s true, and your writing can easily be worked into your daily routine, just like a workout, or daily walk or jog. And you will improve just as you do when you workout. That is the way of things. It’s okay to readjust your schedule when you must, just write something.

Comment provided November 4, 2013 at 3:08 PM

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Krishna writes:

Writing is not as easy or simple as your advises are. It is not just time, it is mental make up. One has to be emotional about something to write. Otherwise you don’t get the verve in your writing. I decided to write every day for 10 minutes, That didn’t happen consistently. But as Randall suggested here in the comment section, it may become a habit eventually.

Comment provided November 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

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Gracious Store writes:

It is often hard to stick to the goal of writing daily even if you would like to do so, a lot of things come on the way

Comment provided November 4, 2013 at 10:58 PM

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Vijay Khosla writes:

Wonderful suggestions. Saved it for my use!

Comment provided November 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

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Useful and practical tips

Comment provided November 5, 2013 at 4:16 AM

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Staying commited and sticking to the plan is the hard part.

Comment provided November 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

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Salihu S Dikko writes:

One needs times for both ideas generating and writing as well, and by sticking to these every now and than, must turn out be practice, which makes perfect,as is widely believed in division of labor.

Comment provided November 5, 2013 at 3:49 PM

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It was difficult initially when I started writing but as I got my first payment from some articles I wrote, it motivated me to write daily.

Comment provided November 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM

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Mike Andrews writes:

Motivation is very important. This could indeed be economic, appreciation and positive comments. I think that enjoying the sensation of writing is a good motivation but for me I need to know that my article is probably going to be success to get be really motivated.

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Raja Shahid writes:

thanks for your guidance. love u n hope you will share further tips for me. thanks again

Comment provided November 7, 2013 at 4:37 AM

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Atell Rohlandt writes:

Writing is like any other skill or ability. The more you do it, the easier it becomes, and the better you become at it. Sharing my writing goals with family, friends, and clients definitely help motivate me, because I know they’re waiting for the next article. :-) Nothing is more motivating than knowing that there are readers out there waiting for you to share more of what you know.

Comment provided November 15, 2013 at 2:39 AM

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Paul Molokwu writes:

I am a writer, but was marveled by your write ups and the wisdom behind it all.

I wish to learn from you,

Paul Molokwu

Comment provided November 16, 2013 at 4:37 AM

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